''Testament'' is a 1983 film, directed by Lynne Littman and starring Jane Alexander, about the effects of a nuclear exchange on a small California community.

Unlike ''Film/TheDayAfter'' and ''Film/{{Threads}}'', which deal with the catastrophic effect of direct strikes, the town of Hamlin suffers no physical damage from the bombs. Instead the residents are forced to deal with the (literal) fallout, as well as gradual radiation poisoning and the drawn-out collapse of what's left of the world outside.

Despite the lack of BodyHorror and SceneryGorn, the film is laden with NightmareFuel and a judicious amount of AdultFear.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AbandonedPlayground: A shot of one is juxtaposed with images of a mass graveyard.
* AdaptationExpansion: The film is based on a short story ''The Last Testament'' by Carol Amen.
* AdultFear: The main character, Carol, is a mother of three children, [[spoiler:two of whom die of radiation poisoning. The third is visibly sick by the end of the movie.]] Her husband, who was in San Francisco when the bombs were dropped, [[spoiler:never comes home.]]
* AfterTheEnd
* ApocalypseHow: Class 1, possibly a Class 2.
* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding: Most of the town, including [[spoiler:two]] of Carol's children are dead, and she and her son are both dying from radiation poisoning, but she tells him they need to remember it all, "the good and the awful", for the sake of whoever might survive.
* CoolOldGuy: Henry Abhart. Brad spends a lot of time with him, even as the man gets sicker.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Radiation poisoning definitely counts.
* DespairEventHorizon: Most characters succumb to one eventually.
* DisappearedDad: Tom doesn't make it back from San Francisco. Not surprising, considering [[spoiler:it was obliterated]].
* DrivenToSuicide: Subverted. [[spoiler:Carol]] decides it would be better to commit suicide rather than die slowly of radiation poisoning, but she can't go through with it.
* EmergencyBroadcast: Briefly, before San Francisco is nuked and the signal is lost.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt
* FaceDeathWithDignity: What Carol and her oldest son eventually decide to do.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: At several points, most notably at the end of the film.
* HappierHomeMovie: The film juxtaposes home-movie footage, used to show the happy times of the family members who are the main characters, with life in the small town after the bomb.
* HappilyAdopted: Hiroshi, the developmentally disabled son of the owner of the town gas station, is happy to go with Carol after [[spoiler:his father dies]]. Larry, a neighboring child, is also adopted when his parents don't return from San Francisco, but he's hardly happy.
* {{Housewife}}: Carol was one.
* ImColdSoCold: Nobody actually says this, but a number of characters start wrapping themselves in blankets. Chills are a RealLife symptom of radiation sickness.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: A symptom of radiation poisoning, and a good sign that a character isn't going to live much longer.
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Nope. Most of the children, and one actual infant, die of radiation poisoning.]]
* MamaBear: Carol.
* OhCrap: On several occasions. The most obvious is the EmergencyBroadcast, but a subtler one comes from Henry Abhart, who tells Carol's son Brad that he can no longer raise a reply from Santa Rosa, implying everyone there has been killed by the radiation. After [[spoiler:Henry dies]], Brad fails to contact ''anyone''.
* PottyFailure: A tragic example, as it becomes a symptom of radiation sickness. [[spoiler: Scottie]] succumbs to his before he dies.
* TheRadioDiesFirst: That and the television. Henry has a ham radio that he uses to keep in touch with other communities, but no other technology works.
* RiddleForTheAges: The characters never do learn who attacked, or why, and neither does the audience.
* SchoolPlay: The children had been rehearsing ''The Pied Piper of Hamelin'' before the bombs fell, and put it on anyway. Most of the adult audience are in tears by the end.
* SanitySlippage: Understandably, Carol has a little of this.
* StuffBlowingUp: Averted. While there is a bright flash of light when San Francisco is hit, we never see anything blow up.
* VomitDiscretionShot: Carol is heard vomiting (another symptom of radiation poisoning), but it's only shown in silhouette.