DIRECTOR: Joe Dante
An alternately bittersweet and hilarious coming-of-age story set in Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis. John Goodman plays a William Castle-like filmmaker who comes to town to hawk his latest picture in the midst of all the panic. Atomic character actor William Schallert lampoons his B-movie roots in the movie-within-a-movie MANT - "half man, half ant, all terror!"
ATOMIC HYGIENE: Cold War Short Films
INFORMATION PROGRAM WITHIN PUBLIC SHELTERS
After the U.S. government experienced a PR backlash of sorts with its promotion of family fallout shelters (the private shelters sparked a lively moral debate about whether it was OK to shoot your neighbor if he tried to force his way into your end-of-the-world abode), public shelters became the official survival vehicle for the nation.
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