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This Is Not a Test


Late one night on a rural road in the western US, a policeman sets up a roadblock and begins stopping all traffic. When several cars and a big truck have stopped, he and the others learn the reason for this roadblock........


This Is Not a Test is a low budget American motion picture released in 1962. Produced at the height of the Cold War, the film was one of a number of productions of the late-1950s and early-1960s based upon the premise of the outbreak of Nuclear warfare.


Starring a group of mostly unknown actors, This Is Not a Test begins with lone deputy sheriff Dan Colter (Seamon Glass)< name="armageddon_faq"></> receiving orders to block a road leading into an unidentified city (dialogue indicates the location is somewhere in central California, however).< name="outer_limits"/> Soon, he has detained several vehicles with a variety of occupants ranging from an elderly man and his granddaughter, to a man who has recently become rich and his alcoholic wife, to a trucker and a hitchhiker. The motorists and the police officer hear attack warnings over the police radio and begin to prepare for the inevitable bombing. The film focuses on the reactions to the impending attack by the motorists, and the officer's efforts to keep order.< name="armageddon_faq"/> Complicating matters is the revelation that the hitchhiker Clint Delany (Ron Starr) is a psychotic who is wanted for murder.< name="outer_limits"/> As the countdown to the missile attack continues, the men and women try desperately to convert a supply truck into an impromptu bomb shelter.< name="armageddon_faq"/> As time goes by, the deputy's behavior becomes irrational (Gary Westfahl mentioned that the film shows the ineptness that would come from ordinary people in the face of impending nuclear attack)< name="armageddon_faq"/> and the film ends with the deputy trying to enter the closed-up truck where the others have sheltered just as the nuclear strike happens.< name="armageddon_faq"/>


This Is Not a Test is presently in the public domain in the United States, and has been released in numerous DVD formats, on its own or in collections of similar films.
Category:1962 films
Category:Apocalyptic films
Category:Films about nuclear war and weapons
Category:World War III speculative fiction
Category:Cold War films
Category:1960s drama films

Murray De Atley, Fredric Gadette

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