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Miracle Mile (1989)

Cast: Kim Robert Koscki, Ben Jensen, Cris Thomas-Palomino, more...
Director: Steven de Jarnatt
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Disaster Action
Running Time: 87 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Miracle Mile starts conventionally enough, with bashful musician Anthony Edwards going ga-ga over waitress Mare Winningham. After a pleasant if somewhat quirky day together, Edwards and Winningham plan a tete-a-tete at the all-night restaurant where the girl works. While preparing to call her on a pay phone, Edwards intercepts a frantic call from a soldier stationed at a Midwestern missile silo. The message: nuclear warheads have been launched, and it's only 70 minutes to Armageddon! This unsettling news casts severe doubts over the future of Edwards' and Winningham's relationship. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Gut-cruncher by Texan99 September 5, 2010 - 3:07 PM PDT
This movie put my stomach in knots for the entire second half. After the dreamy, sentimental set-up, which worked beautifully to engage my interest in the slightly geeky main characters, the movie turns on you abruptly with an extended sequence, roughly in real time, that begins at that most depressing time of day -- pre-dawn -- in a dreary little diner. The movie won't let you decide whether the protagonists and, soon, the entire city and world, are destroying themselves out of deluded panic and paranoia, or whether instead everyone really is facing the end of the world and doing the best he can in the little time that's left. The rapid disintegration of society portrayed here is completely convincing and terrifying. I'm a serious foreign policy hawk, but if this movie doesn't make you consider disarmament, nothing will. I've watched this more than once, but it's a punishing experience, not to be repeated often. Nevertheless, I highly recommend it.

This one's a doozy by tboot July 29, 2003 - 3:09 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
One of my favorite films, perhaps because it so precisely mirrors so many dreams I used to have about the nuclear destruction of the world. Brilliantly structured and shot, the almost-real-time film takes place during the hour or so before the Big One drops (or is it all a dream?). Filled with wonderfully surreal, shocking, sad and surprising moments, and yet suffused with the romance of a first date. The Tangerine Dream score helps with the noose-tightening slow-build. This one's a doozy. And what ever happened to Steve De Jarnatt?

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