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
OUR CITIES MUST FIGHT
Archer's other civil defense film ('Duck And Cover' being the more well known) is a ponderous examination of the dangers of civilians abandoning an A-bombed city. The story is presented as a dialog between two men, one of whom seems to be perpetually smoking and re-lighting a pipe, sitting in a poorly lit office.
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