I first saw "The Day After" in 1983,at the height of the nuclear war movies,when President Reagan had his famous "Evil Empire" speech. I also remember seeing "Threads","Special Bulletin",and "Testament" at the time. I did not sleep peacefully for the following week,remembering the horrifying mushroom clouds bursting over Kansas City(I knew that these were special effects,but it all seemed too real,knowing that it could really take place),the graphic images of people,animals and objects being instantaneously vaporized(the x-ray effect I remember),and the impossibly realistic image of a fireball engulfing the city and everything in its path. I am glad that we live in a somewhat more peaceful time,yet in the back of my mind knowing that some rogue nation may take out its anger against us,and the nuclear missles still in existence can do just as much harm today as they could have done almost twenty years ago. I am happy that I have found a copy of The Day After,and can view it again with a more open insight and mind. Jason Robards,JoBeth Williams and Steve Guttenberg stand out in this film;certainly one of the best performances by Robards in any of the nuclear disaster epics.