Review: ‘Testament’

Testament is an exceptionally powerful film dealing with the survivors of a nuclear war. Debuting director Lynne Littman brings an original approach to the grim material.

Testament is an exceptionally powerful film dealing with the survivors of a nuclear war. Debuting director Lynne Littman brings an original approach to the grim material.

Based on Carol Amen’s magazine story The Last Testament, pic depicts a normal, complacent community in the small California town of Hamlin.

The town’s calm is shattered when a TV newscast announces that nuclear devices have exploded in New York and on the east coast, with the film proper suddenly going to yellow and whiteout, indicating blasts on the west coast as well. Ham radio operator Henry Abhart (Leon Ames) becomes Hamlin’s communications link to the outside world.

Isolated, Hamlin’s residents attempt to survive, but within a month over 1,000 people have died from radiation sickness. A young couple (Rebecca DeMornay and Kevin Costner), whose baby has died, drive off in search of ‘a safe place’.

Holding it all together as a tower of strength is actress Jane Alexander as Carol Wetherby, coping with the deaths of her family and friends in truly heroic fashion via an understated performance.

1983: Nomination: Best Actress (Jane Alexander)

Testament

Production

Entertainment Events/American Playhouse. Director Lynne Littman; Producer Jonathan Bernstein, Lynne Littman; Screenplay John Sacret Young; Camera Steven Poster; Editor Suzanne Pettit; Music James Horner; Art Director David Nichols

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Jane Alexander William Devane Ross Harris Roxana Zal Lukas Haas Kevin Costner
Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading