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Miracle Mile (1988)

A young man hears a chance phone call telling him that a nuclear war has started and missiles will hit his city in 70 minutes.

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Steve De Jarnatt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Edwards ... Harry Washello
Mare Winningham ... Julie Peters
John Agar ... Ivan Peters
Lou Hancock ... Lucy Peters
Mykelti Williamson ... Wilson (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Kelly Jo Minter ... Charlotta (as Kelly Minter)
Kurt Fuller ... Gerstead
Denise Crosby ... Landa
Robert DoQui ... Fred the Cook (as Robert Doqui)
O-Lan Jones ... Waitress
Claude Earl Jones ... Harlan
Alan Rosenberg ... Mike
Danny De La Paz Danny De La Paz ... Transvestite
Earl Boen ... Drunk Man in Diner
Diane Delano ... Stewardess
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Storyline

A young man meets and falls in love with a young woman at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. This area is known as Miracle Mile, and the whole movie takes place there. They make a date, which he misses, and while he is searching for her, he accidentally finds out that we (the United States) are about to start a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. He frantically searches for her so that they can escape Los Angeles. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Taglines:

You just found out that you have 24 hours to live. What are YOU going to do? See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miracle Mile See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$341,401, 21 May 1989

Gross USA:

$1,145,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,145,404
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

It took Steve De Jarnatt eight years to get this movie made. See more »

Goofs

When Harry places the unconscious Julie in some random shopping cart you can clearly see that a pillow had been strategically placed to make the actress' back comfy. When he pulls her out again at the end of the ride you can see more pillows had been placed under her rear so as to make a totally comfy little nest. See more »

Quotes

Charlotta: Is this your blood... or mine?
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to Doctor Biobrain See more »

Alternate Versions

A little-seen preview version of the film included a special effect of two diamonds hovering after the nuclear explosion, just preceding the end credits. In the theatrical version and subsequent DVD release from MGM, the diamonds do not appear following the nuclear blast, rather the credits simply roll. See more »

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Referenced in Talking Dead: Close Your Eyes (2018) See more »

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Offbeat, intriguing
11 June 2002 | by kennon42See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of post-apocalyptic movies; for some reason, the thought of civilization as we know it grinding to a halt on a backdrop of nuclear bombs falling intrigues me to no end.

There are a host of movies that deal with Life After The Bomb, a whole lot more dealing with Life While Preventing The Bomb, but not very many that deal with Life Immediately Before The Bomb. This is one of the latter, and I think it pulls it off really well.

This offbeat movie chronicles a few hours in the life of a character who has just found out that the missiles are on the way.

This movie is rather offbeat; the acting is not bad, but just unlike normal hollywood acting, even despite a few familiar faces. The pacing is different, the sets are different, the colors are different. And in this case, the differences give it an edge that is quite intriguing.

The main character (tom cruise's ill-fated co-pilot in top gun) displays such an acute, personal anxiety that really grabbed my attention and really made the movie hit home.

While some of the other acting is less than stellar, in a movie like this it does not detract.

This movie really did make me think about what I would do in a similar situation. Very thought-provoking.

If you are as intriguied by nuclear war as I am, you should definitely watch this film.

8 / 10


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