As a work of drama, this film is less successful than 'Threads'. In an attempt to give a panorama of American life, the film introduces too many characters and it takes a while to become engaged. However, for all its faults, this film is vital viewing.
According to Gerard de Groot in his history of nuclear weapons 'The Bomb', this film affected Ronald Reagan so profoundly that it inspired him to abandon his bellicose stance towards the Soviet Union and begin arms limitation talks. If that's true, then this is one of the most important films ever made.
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