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Shelf Life (1993)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 23 April 1993 (USA)
In 1963, a paranoid middle-class couple locks themselves and their small kids in their nuclear fallout shelter. 30 years later, their oblivious son and two daughters still survive there playing absurd games. A play-based dark comedy.

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Paul Bartel
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Cast

Cast overview:
O-Lan Jones ... Tina
Andrea Stein Andrea Stein ... Pam / Mrs. St. Cloud
Jim Turner ... Scotty / Mr. St. Cloud
Paul Bartel ... Various Apparitions
Justin Houchin Justin Houchin ... Young Scotty
Shelby Lindley ... Young Pam (as Shelby Allison Lindley)
Jazz Britany Jazz Britany ... Young Tina
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On November 22, 1963, Mister and Misses St. Cloud hear about the tragic assassination of the President of the United States John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Consumed with paranoia and believing that WWIII is now inevitable, they take their small children Tina, Pam and Scotty and hide with them in their fallout shelter, never to leave it again. By 1993, the parents had died but their three grownup manchildren still live in the nuclear bomb shelter alone without any human contact. They've developed their own rules and rituals based on their fading memories of the life above, their old records that still work and whatever they catch on TV, when some station's signal reaches them now and then for a few moments. Most of their day is spent in play sessions, in which they act out various common activities like going to school, eating out or staging musical numbers. They love to dance, sing and on occasion wrestle. Sometimes they even play their parents and reenact the parents' speeches to them. At ...

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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby

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Color
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Last film directed by Paul Bartel. See more »

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Referenced in Blast from the Past (1999) See more »

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One Dreamy Night
Written by Gary Stockdale
Performed by Gary Stockdale and Rick Schmidt
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Fun Claustrophobic Silliness
17 July 1999 | by jondunnSee all my reviews

3 Grown-up children act out scenes from television shows because this is all they know. Trapped in a bomb-shelter, they act out one hilarious and surreal snippet of melodrama after another, their daily cultural rituals based upon childhood and television.


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