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On its 20-year anniversary, and not a moment too soon, THE ATOMIC CAFE is back to provide us with a much-needed release of comic energy. A dark comedy in the truest sense, this timeless classic took the nation by storm when it first debuted in 1982. The
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This edition came to me in perfect condition, as ordered, and on time. :-)
Anyway, I am a child of the the time and remember being scared silly during the 60's by all the talk of nuclear war. We had all the sirens going off all the time and even the duck and cover drills at school. In the early 60's jets were always flying over and I worried when one would be the enemy with an atomic bomb about to drop it on my house. My father even built a bomb shelter in the back yard during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
This movie reaaly has some funny scenes. One is where Richard Nixon is trying to be JOVIAL with Nikita Krushev(sp ??). Nixon says something like "Well you may be ahead of us in the space program but we are ahead in color televisions". What an idiot ole Tricky Dickey was. Another shows a man coming out of an under house shelter. A reporter asks him about what he will do after an atomic attack. He says "Well, if they drop the bomb it will kill about 90 percent of the US population and that will just mean more food and water for the rest of us". PRICELESS!!! But the funniest scene is when a reporter is asking questions of the military troops who have just witnessed an atomic test explosion up close and personal in the desert. He asks one soldier what that device is he is wearing around his neck. The soldier very calmly says, "It will tell me if I have been exposed to a LETHAL dose of radiation or not". MEGA PRICELESS!!!!
This movie is a must see and I'm so glad I've added it to my collection and I suggest you do the same.