The Atomic Cafe
The Atomic Cafe (1982)

An ironic documentary about American propaganda during the early days of the atomic bomb, The Atomic Cafe makes its point through skillful editing of period footage. Instructional films such as the infamous "Duck and Cover" are… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 17, 1982
DVD Release Date: March 26, 2002
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film fails to offer even the barest social context for its material.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of the most trenchant, bitter and horrific looks at the 'atomic' and Cold War era.

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Christopher Null

Strikes a middle ground between surrealism and pop culture.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

Deserves national attention.

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Douglas Pratt

The film is not completely fair but it does convey a reasonably accurate sense of one aspect of the social consciousness following the War

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

The Atomic Cafe captures the Atomic Age and the resulting Cold War better than any documentary

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Emanuel Levy

This poignant, often funny docu consists of revelatory clips used by the government as propaganda about the Atomic Bomb.

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Scott Weinberg

Shocking, sobering, hilarious and insightful. You'll never look at nuclear war the same way!

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Jacob Ethington
This is easily the most bizarre documentary I've ever seen. Most documentaries use interviews, have a host who guides people through the film (example,… More
Stella Dallas
great document of the paranoia of the nuclear age with some of the blackest humor possible. made entirely from archival footage of atomic blasts, scary news… More