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Heartwarming / The Day After

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  • It doesn't make what has transpired any less hopeless or depressing, but the last shot of the film is an act of human kindness.
  • Even as horrifying as nuclear war is, there are survivors. A lot of people died, and many more will succumb to disease and/or hunger, but some will survive to start over.
  • The fact that in Real Life, this film contributed to a push on both sides of the Cold War towards detente, ending a period where nuclear war fever was at its highest since the Cuban Missile Crisis. In short — we are here on TV Tropes and not radioactive ash in part because of this film. On behalf of everyone here, thank you, Mr. Meyer.
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  • At a meta level, the dates in the film place it in 1989. In real life, tensions greatly reduced between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, again due to the film itself.

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