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Miracle Mile (1989)

Anthony Edwards , Mare Winningham , Steve De Jarnatt  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham, John Agar, Lou Hancock, Mykelti Williamson
  • Directors: Steve De Jarnatt
  • Writers: Steve De Jarnatt
  • Producers: Derek Gibson, Eileen Stringer, Graham Cottle, John Daly
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008R9KL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,904 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Miracle Mile" on IMDb

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What do you do when you're given the deadline for the end of the world? Steve De Jarnatt's insidiously clever and utterly gripping nuclear thriller begins as a romantic lark--amiable swing trombonist Anthony Edwards meets girl of his dreams Mare Winningham--and turns into a nightmarish vision of society out of control. It all turns on the chance pick-up of a ringing pay phone at 4 a.m. and a panicked voice breathlessly warning Edwards that World War III has been launched. Genuine wake-up call or elaborate prank? De Jarnatt plays his hand close to the chest, which only increases the unnerving tension as word spreads like a contagion. Future E.R. star Edwards is perfectly cast as the everyman driven to reckless desperation and director De Jarnatt creates wonders on a small budget. His vision of L.A.'s Miracle Mile gripped in the blind panic of a careening traffic jam is both believable and chilling. --Sean Axmaker

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What would you do if you knew you only had an hour to live? This intense, "eerily euphoric" (TheNew York Times) romantic thriller stars Anthony Edwards ("ER") and Mare Winningham (Georgia) in a frighteningly plausible story that "yanks you by the lapels and draws you onto a high-velocity roller coaster" (Houston Post)! After 30 years of searching, Harry (Edwards) has finally met the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately, before they even have a chance to go on their first date, Harry intercepts some chilling news: WWIII has begun and nuclear missiles will destroy Los Angeles in less than an hour! Not sure if this is a prank or an omen, Harry races through LA, fighting angry mobs of terrified people in a desperate search for Julie (Winningham), the one person with whom he wants to spend the last moments of his life.

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96 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Even Slightly Relaxing August 2, 2002
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"People always think they have so much time... to do all the things they'd like to do..." Years after seeing this film, that line is one of the main things that still sticks with me.
This movie was an early effort by Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham. The basic idea is of a young couple who has just started falling in love, and begun thinking of planning a life together -- only to find that World War Three has suddenly begun. Anthony Edwards is planning to meet Mare Winningham after work, which for her is about one o'clock in the morning. She works at one of those all-night coffee houses, in Los Angeles. He sets his alarm clock for midnight, and tries to catch a few hours of shut-eye before their date.
The writer, or maybe the director (I'm not sure) did something really clever here. One of the film's characters absently throws away a lit cigarette butt, which, unbeknownst to the the character, gets picked up by a bird. The bird wishes to incorporate the butt into its nest, and does so. However, because the butt still has a slight spark left in it, the butt ends up setting the nest on fire. The small nest fire does not spread, but it does have the effect of burning through the insulation of the electrical wires upon which the nest sits. As luck would have it, these wires are the ones which supply Anthony Edwards' building with electricity. So when the power fails, so does his alarm clock, although he remains ignorant of the entire sequence of cause and effect behind this event... this little sequence makes us think of the many chains of events going on all the time, outside our own circle of awareness, which could eventually have some impact upon us.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Night Before the Day After September 9, 2003
Miracle Mile is one of those unique and savagely brilliant films that has never quite gotten its due despite seeming to leave an undeniable impression on just about everyone who has somehow lucked into seeing it. The low-budget film tells the story of an L.A. jazz musician (Anthony Edwards), a nice, mild guy who is lucky enough to not only meet the woman of his dreams (Mare Winningham) but to convince her to go out on a date with him later in the night. He is also unlucky enough to end up oversleeping and missing their date. Still, he drives out to the diner where they were supposed to meet on the slim hope that maybe she's stuck around for a few extra hours waiting for him. And while she hasn't, Edwards does arrive just in time to answer a pay phone and discover that, in just a few more hours, Los Angeles is going to be destroyed in the first nuclear strike of World War III. The rest of the film follows Edwards comically hapless yet touchingly sincere efforts to both reunite with Winningham and to get out of L.A. in the small amount of time he has before the bombs start falling. What starts as a hilarious comedy of errors becomes an all-to-realistic portrait of absurd tragedy as the film reaches it's unavoidable conclusion. The film's power comes from just how seamlessly the film handles the transition from comedy to tragedy (often times shifting between the two a couple of hundred times in the course of just one scene) -- a tonal combination that may, at first, seem like a contradiction but one that accurately reflects the feelings that many of us felt, during the Cold War, growing up with the constant possibility of sudden nuclear holocaust in the back of our minds. Read more ›
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I need a miracle! May 1, 2004
When I first rented this movie in the early 1990s I wanted to buy it, but it was out-of-print on VHS. I figured I would never be able to purchase it, but the world of DVD has changed that. Thankfully, its release on DVD is a very welcome addition to my cinematic library.

Anthony Edwards, best known for his portrayal of Goose in TOP GUN, plays an everyday guy. Mare Winningham plays an everyday girl. The two fall in love & look like they're well on their way to living happily ever after when their Romantic interlude is interrupted by a nuclear war.

There is nothing more heartbreaking than a terminally ill person who has only weeks or months to live. Situations like that bring out the best in all of us. We treat that person like royalty as we know they will not have a tomorrow; every moment counts.

However, in a grotesque world where EVERYONE is terminally ill, with only hours or perhaps minutes to live, things don't work like that. Instead what you end up with is anarchy & absolute mayhem. It is this snapshot of the death throes of a civilization that forms the centerpiece of this movie's plot.

The film has some very nice symbolism. I particularly liked the obvious parallel between the end of mankind and the demise of the dinosaurs. The scene of the two being trapped in the helicopter is a nice touch as well as it brings out the clausterphobic terror of a nuclear war. Quite simply, there IS no place to run to, and there is no escape.

At the beginning of the film, inside a museum of Natural History, there is a voiceover on a presentation of the history of the universe. A 15-20 billion year old universe, a 4 & 1/2 year old planet, sundry lifeforms that have taken millions of years to evolve.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still more or less relevant
It's still a love story set in dark times but it is also very much a part of the 1980s. That being very much part of the 1980s is what makes it dated but it also allows us to see a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark E. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
It's an awesome take on such an unfortunate event! They really need to remake this movie! I'd definitely see it again!
Published 4 months ago by Angel Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As I Remember.
It is a haunting film. I am sure it would be difficult for anyone who did not live through the Cold War period to understand how perfectly this film captures the insanity that was... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Harley G. Lofton III
5.0 out of 5 stars A great apocalyptic thriller!
I can't believe I made it through all of the 80s and 90s and never heard of this movie. This is one of those sleeper movies that you just don't appreciate until you stumble across... Read more
Published 6 months ago by NixBoox
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I gave this movie one star and that was for the tremendous effort taken to make such a bad movie.
Published 9 months ago by Diane B. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't as good as I remembered
The movie wasn't as good as I remembered, in fact, the only thing I liked was revisiting the physical area where the movie was shot. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mills Robert Coleman Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars the nuclear future, as envisioned in the nuclear past
the Tangerine Dream soundtrack pulls you into the action and the love story. very romantic, but sad. the music says it all. Read more
Published 15 months ago by alaska
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprises
The traffic jam scene must be one of the best ever in a movie. And where did they find this script!
Published 16 months ago by E. Strawn
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok movie
About finding love too late and discovering that a nuclear war is about to start. Covers what happens when a community panics after they find out war is coming.
Published 16 months ago by Dirk Borden
4.0 out of 5 stars Should do a modern remake
Great idea for a movie. The beginning is boring but once the phone call is made the excitement is dialed up. Kind of funny because of all the 80's styles shown but a good story.
Published 19 months ago by smokenu73
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