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Miracle Mile (1988)

A young man hears a chance phone call telling him that a nuclear war has started and missiles will hit his city in 70 minutes.

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Steve De Jarnatt
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2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Edwards ... Harry Washello
Mare Winningham ... Julie Peters
John Agar ... Ivan Peters
Lou Hancock ... Lucy Peters
Mykelti Williamson ... Wilson (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Kelly Jo Minter ... Charlotta (as Kelly Minter)
Kurt Fuller ... Gerstead
Denise Crosby ... Landa
Robert DoQui ... Fred the Cook (as Robert Doqui)
O-Lan Jones ... Waitress
Claude Earl Jones ... Harlan
Alan Rosenberg ... Mike
Danny De La Paz Danny De La Paz ... Transvestite
Earl Boen ... Drunk Man in Diner
Diane Delano ... Stewardess
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Storyline

A young man meets and falls in love with a young woman at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. This area is known as Miracle Mile, and the whole movie takes place there. They make a date, which he misses, and while he is searching for her, he accidentally finds out that we (the United States) are about to start a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. He frantically searches for her so that they can escape Los Angeles. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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There are 70 minutes to the end of the world. Where can you hide? See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The original script had Walter Cronkite appearing on television toward the end as himself. See more »

Goofs

When Harry returns to the diner, after the phone call in the phone ball. There's an reflection of the boom on the window. When Harry gets everyone intention in the diner. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Peters: Wait a minute! You just tell me what the hell's going on.
Harry Washello: Mrs. Peters, in a half-an-hour there's going to be a full-on nuclear attack. The missiles are on their way now. L.A.'s going to be a desert again very soon.
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Dedicated to Doctor Biobrain See more »

Alternate Versions

A little-seen preview version of the film included a special effect of two diamonds hovering after the nuclear explosion, just preceding the end credits. In the theatrical version and subsequent DVD release from MGM, the diamonds do not appear following the nuclear blast, rather the credits simply roll. See more »

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The Power of a Rumor
10 October 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Los Angeles, when the musician Harry Washello (Anthony Edwards) meets Julie Peters (Mare Winningham) in the museum, he immediately falls in love with her. They schedule a date late night in Miracle Mile, but the alarm clock fails and Harry misses the date and he arrives three and a half hours late. Harry accidentally hears a mistaken phone call and a man tells that the United State has just started a nuclear war sending missiles against Soviet Union and in two hours Los Angeles would be hit by the enemy back missiles. Harry seeks out Julie and frantically tries to find a helicopter pilot to leave Los Angeles. Meanwhile the rumor is spread out and brings chaos to the city.

Today I have watched the cult "Miracle Mile" maybe for the sixth time and despite being dated in the present days with the end of the Cold War, it still impresses how a rumor can be so destructive. The frantic and nightmarish story of a young man that discovers that Los Angeles will go into a meltdown in about two hours has the pace of "After Hours" of 1985. The haunting music score of Tangerine Dream fits perfectly to the apocalyptical screenplay of this unforgettable unique film. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Miracle Mile"

Note: On 30 January 2021, I saw this film again.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$341,401, 21 May 1989

Gross USA:

$1,145,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,145,404
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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