Atomic War Bride / This Is Not a Test
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ATOMIC WAR BRIDE: At a church in the country, eternally optimistic John marries Maria, his Atomic War Bride, as planes buzz overhead and bombs start dropping. Though John is "mobilized" by the military seconds after the ceremony, he and Maria are reunited just in time for the Big Bang!
THIS IS NOT A TEST: And when the police radio blares, "Air Raid! Condition Red! This is Not a Test," Deputy Sheriff Dan Colter sets up a roadblock on a lonely section of mountain road in the middle of the night as he and a microcosm of American society wait for the bomb by engaging in various end-of-the-world activities.
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Top billing goes to Atomic War Bride, which is appropriate because it is the better movie. The name makes it sound like a campy '50s sci-fi film, but it's actually something more serious. It's a Yugoslavian picture taking place in an unnamed (but distinctly European) country where perpetually upbeat John is about to marry Maria. As he heads to the wedding, war breaks out, but John's not worried: it'll be over quickly and certainly, no one would use nuclear weapons. The wedding itself is interrupted by an air strike and John is soon impressed into the army. From there things get worse and worse, though John always hopes for the best. This is a surprising effective dark, anti-war satire.
The second feature is This is Not a Test. A sheriff's deputy is asked to put up a road block on an isolated mountain road. It soon becomes clear that a nuclear war has broken out and the deputy will need to take command and set up a survival plan for the mix of people who he's stopped. This has kind of a made-for-TV look to it and is structured more like a play, focusing on dialogue far more than action or effects. Unfortunately, much of the drama seems forced and tedious.
Beyond the movies, the DVD also comes with a number of non-fiction shorts from the 1950s that are rather quaint in their simplistic discussions of how to deal with a nuclear attack.Read more ›
The second filmis a gem called This Is Not A Test. I had seen this on late night television and never forgot it. A gritty, well acted film about several people waiting for the end of the world at a roadblock set up by a local policeman. Great film, great ending!!
The extras are good here as well. I highly recommend this dvd is you like 50's and 60's sci-fi.
The reality of a possible nuclear holocaust brings out the best and worst in the different characters. Glass' character is greatly tested by the weak and bad amongst this group. With limited space in a truck trailer, who will be able to handle such conditions and who may be exiled from the makeshift shelter? The ending is gripping and horrifying.
Considering the very low budget, this film is a diamond in the rough. Good story, good acting, atmospheric, and unforgettable!
THIS IS NOT A TEST is a nearly obscure 'B' grade Atomic Age frighter with a script that would make Rod Serling proud.
Here, a small number of motorists stopped on a mountain road by a 4 AM roadblock learn that a nuclear attack is imminent. They huddle in a big rig trailer and pray for survival. It doesn't end happily.
This chilling story has time to explore the reactions of individual humans to what appears to be the approaching end of their lives. Behaviors are as different as fingerprints. The avaricious worry about money and possessions, the kind-hearted show concern only for others, and the cowardly don't muster any deep-down courage. Seamon Glass as the no-nonsense state trooper takes a page out of Robert Ryan's playbook. He's cold, stentorian and somewhat wooden while trying to maintain order during a monumental crisis.
In preparing their flimsy trailer for fallout shelter duty, hard life-or-death decisions must be made, yet in the end these may all just be distracting ways of avoiding the unspeakable, that tomorrow may not come for any of them.
A definite must-see!
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.
(5.6) This is Not a Test (1962) - Seamon Glass/Thayer Roberts/Aubrey Martin/Mary Morlas/Michael Greene/Alan Austin/Carol Kent/Norman Winston/Ron Starr/Don Spruance
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Considering the year made, the subject matter is relevant even today. Film quality isn't the greatest, but not bad. The movie is watchable and worth a watch.Published 9 months ago by David1958
These hand-burned DVDs were made in someone's kitchen. Don't expect to watch them on your computer. You can't even load them in most DVD players. It's not that they're defective. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joseph Knapp
Don't know if anyone else is having a problem with this DVD, but I cannot access the feature "This Is Not A Test". Read morePublished 13 months ago by movie&music geek
To me this is an accurate and tense movie that brings back the low level yet constant fear and consternation we all endured during the cold war. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John U.