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The Day After Controversy #81718

ABC Evening News for Friday, Nov 18, 1983
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(Studio) Upcoming broadcast of controversial movie, ABC's "The Day After", examining aftereffects of nuclear war, noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Scenes from "The Day After" shown; possible emotional impact on audiences examined. [PEOPLE - describe their reaction.] American Psychiatric Association and other groups noted urging children not to view movie alone. [APA spokesperson Dr. Fred GOTTLIEB - feels film penetrates natural defs. of denial; describes psychological effects.] Pols. surrounding movie, both pro- and anti-nuclear discussed. [Representative Vin WEBB - believes movie in time for propagandistic value in light of missile deployment in Europe.] [Rev. Jerry FALWELL - accuses network of 1-dimensional approach.] [ABC Motion Pictures president Brandon STODDARD - denies bias.] Anti-nuclear movement's effort to capitalize on movie's broadcast noted; ABC said refusing to air anti-nuclear organization's commercials during "The Day After" despite some local stations accepting ads. Commercial shown. 2-prong irony of viewing such a movie explained.
REPORTER: Jack Smith

Jennings, Peter;
Smith, Jack

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