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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Paul Donovan|
|Produced by||Michael Donovan
|Written by||Paul Donovan|
|Music by||Christopher Young|
|Edited by||Todd C. Ramsay|
|Distributed by||New World Pictures|
|March 15, 1985|
Two months after the exchange of nuclear weapons on earth the spacecraft's guidance system is mysteriously reprogrammed, forcing the crew's return to earth. In order to survive, the crew must escape to the radiation free zones while avoiding cannibal 'terminals' and a military school student turned evil despotic ruler.
The spacecraft lands, considerably off-course, on a beach in eastern Canada. Jordan (Kate Lynch) is knocked unconscious on impact. Walker (John Walsch) exits first and is quickly killed by 'terminals' - humans crazed by disease. Several hours later, in the middle of the night, Howe (Tim Choate) ventures out in search of help and a way to escape. He soon encounters Vinny (Maury Chaykin), a survivalist who has fortified his house with barbed wire and booby traps. Vinny effectively saves him from the terminals and makes him his prisoner. As the plot develops, Vinny, JJ (Lenore Zann) (another prisoner), and Howe are captured and taken in chains to a makeshift fortress built out of junk. They must escape before a malfunctioning nuclear warhead explodes in sixty hours.
- Lenore Zann as J.J.
- Maury Chaykin as Vinny
- Kate Lynch as Jordan
- Kevin King as Gideon Hayes
- John Walsch as Walker
- Tim Choate as Howe
- Jeff Pustil as Lacey
- Donna King as Alice
- Alan MacGillivray as Boomer
- Florence Paterson as Mrs. Boyd
Def-Con 4 received mixed to negative reviews from critics and audiences. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an 18% Audience Score, but no approval rating as of today.
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