3 things about Nicholas Meyer’s THE DAY AFTER

The Day After [1983]

1. She begins to peel the orange. “You’d better have some. This might be the last orange you have  … for a week and a half.” He barely eats any of it. Maybe out of exhaustion, maybe because he’s already sick.
2. They huddle in a small group near the remains of the fireplace. The rest of the house is gone. The old man offers Jason Robards an onion.
3. Steve Guttenberg takes off his baseball cap to reveal that he’s bald. This is a moment I clearly remember from the only other time I saw this movie, when I was about 12. It terrified and excited me. After it was over I immediately called up my friend Brit so I could talk to him about it.

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