In the Year 2889 (film)

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In the Year 2889
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Directed byLarry Buchanan
Produced byLarry Buchanan
Edwin Tobolowsky
Written byHarold Hoffman
Lou Rusoff
StarringPaul Petersen
Quinn O'Hara
Charla Doherty
Neil Fletcher
Hugh Feagin
CinematographyRobert C. Jessup
Edited byLarry Buchanan
Distributed byAIP-TV
Release date
1967 (1967)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

In the Year 2889 (also known as Year 2889) is a 1967 made-for-television, post-apocalyptic science fiction film from American International Pictures about the aftermath of a future nuclear war. The film stars Paul Petersen, Quinn O'Hara, Charla Doherty, Neil Fletcher and Hugh Feagin. AIP commissioned low-budget cult film auteur Larry Buchanan to produce and direct this film as a color remake of Roger Corman's 1955 film Day the World Ended.[1]

In the Year 2889's title is borrowed from a short story of the same title by Jules Verne and his son, Michael Verne.[2][3]


A nuclear war has wiped out most of Earth's population. The film follows a group of survivors who are holed up in a secluded valley and must protect themselves from rising radiation levels, mutants, and in some cases, each other.[4]



AIP gave Buchanan the script of the 1955 Corman film Day the World Ended to use for this film, resulting in an almost line-for-line, scene-for-scene remake.[citation needed]

This was Buchanan's fifth Azalea Productions film.[citation needed] It was made by AIP six years after the success of their 1961 Jules Verne adaptation Master of the World.[citation needed] Because this was an even lower budget remake of the earlier low budget Corman film, it needed a new title; AIP already had a registered title available (for a previously unmade Verne project), so it was used on the Buchanan film.[citation needed]


In the Year 2889 was completed and released in 1967 as a made-for-television movie.[citation needed] All promotional materials, including the original listing in TV Guide, have the title as Year 2889, but the on-screen credits give the correct title.[citation needed]

Home media[edit]

In the Year 2889 was released on DVD by Retromedia Entertainment in 2004, packaged as a double feature with Buchanan's 1969 film 'It's Alive!'.[5]


Paul Gaita from Allmovie called the film " threadbare and blandly executed", but also noted that the film's pacing, and performances were more professional than the director's previous efforts. Finishing his review, Gaita wrote, "No one will mistake this for a classic of the genre, or even one of Corman's titles, but for Buchanan completists and late movie devotees, it's a harmless and agreeable time-killer."[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goodsell, Greg. "The Weird and Wacky World of Larry Buchanan". Filmfax (38 April/May 1993): 64.
  2. ^ "Jules Verne Book: In the Year 2889".
  3. ^ Verne, Jules & Verne, Michael, & Metcalf, Lorettus S. (Editor) (February 1889). "In the Year 2889". The Forum. VI (6): 662–677.
  4. ^ "In the Year 2889".
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  6. ^ gaita, Paul. "In the Year 2889 (1966) - Larry Buchanan". Paul Gaita. Retrieved 16 March 2018.

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