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This Is Not a Test

2.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Motorists and a state trooper respond to a radio alert of a nuclear attack.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Seamon Glass, Thayer Roberts, Aubrey Martin, Mary Morlas, Michael Greene
  • Directors: Fredric Gadette
  • Writers: Fredric Gadette, Betty Laskey, Peter Abenheim
  • Producers: Fredric Gadette, Art Schmoyer, James Grandin, Murray De Atley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DMV4Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "This Is Not a Test" on IMDb

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"This Is Not A Test" is a film that is pretty bad from several different points-of-view, including the writing and the majority of the stiff-as-a-board acting we find throughout the movie. But I find myself not really caring about the film's numerous deficiencies and am, instead, drawn to this movie like a moth toward a flame each time I start watching it.

The first scene in "TINAT" takes place at 4:01 AM one very late night, as Del Oro County Deputy Sheriff Dan Colter (played with an eternal rigidity by Seamon Glass) gets word on his two-way police radio that nuclear missiles have been launched toward targets in the United States, and Colter has been instructed to set up a roadblock to keep any cars from proceeding toward the nearest town, which is a prime target for the incoming bombs.

The entire 72-minute film takes place during this one single night, with the various occupants of the vehicles being stopped by Colter's roadblock ending up huddling together in the trailer of a semi-truck just before the bombs arrive.

Everything about this movie spells "very low budget B flick", but, as I mentioned, there's something oddly compelling about it. I can't quite put my finger on the exact reason why I like this film so much -- I just do.

Perhaps it's the all-nighttime black-and-white photography found in "Test" that attracts me to it. Or maybe the fact that it was made in the early '60s (1962), which is a favorite era of mine for movies. Or perhaps it's the doomsday subject matter.

There's definitely a certain gloomy and "brooding" atmosphere that has been created for the movie that comes through on the screen (even though it seems to be a quickly-made, slap-and-dash type of motion picture).
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On a lonely stretch of highway, at 4 o'clock in the morning, a deputy sheriff (Seamon Glass) begins pulling over cars and trucks; and setting up a roadblock. Among the travelers are an old man (Thayer Roberts) and his granddaughter June (Aubrey Martin), two hustlers who've just struck it big (Mary Morlas and Mike Green), a truck driver and the hitch-hiker he's picked up (Alan Austin and Ron Starr), and a vacationing couple (Carol Kent and Norman Winston) who are in a hurry to catch a flight to Mexico. Sorry folks, not tonight! A yellow alert has been announced, and martial law declared. The missiles are only an hour away from the mainland. Our band of strangers must follow the deputy's instructions in order to... what?? Survive? Unfortunately, they are standing on ground zero! TINAT is a tale of fear, control, panic, and the ultimate futility of hope in the face of certain death. It is a horror movie with a mounting inescapable dread. The fact that the hitch-hiker in the truck is a serial killer on his way to watch his dad suffer an agonizing death is eclipsed to insignificance by the true "monster" of the story. When the "big one" comes, of what use is law and order? Love? Money? Revenge? Anything? The only flicker of hope lies in two young people, whose futures are left unknown. Watch this one with ATOMIC CAFE...
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As a retired law enforcement officer I cannot help but wonder if that 62 Plymouth patrol car had the police package with a 413 C.I. engine with two fours. Man was that a fast patrol car. As for the movie the acting was good, picture was good as was the sound. The plot, well I didn't like that part of the movie so much. The USA being hit by a missile and where from. The worse part all the good guys died from the bomb. None the less it is a good movie except for the end.
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This Is Not A Test was entertaining enough to keep me immersed in the film. While it is not perfect, it is very watchable, and contains some decent acting. If you like old sci-fi, give it a look. It is more drama than sci-fi, and is almost cheese-free.
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When the nukes are coming your way, the worst thing you can do is freak out or try to run. That's what these folks finally discover. Some really bad acting but sort of watchable.
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