Where Have All the People Gone?

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Where Have All the People Gone?
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GenreScience fiction
Written byLewis John Carlino
Sandor Stern
Directed byJohn Llewellyn Moxey
StarringPeter Graves
Music byRobert Prince
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Charles W. Fries
Producer(s)Gerald I. Isenberg
Gerald W. Abrams (associate producer)
CinematographyMichael D. Margulies
Editor(s)John A. Martinelli
Running time74 minutes
Production company(s)The Jozak Company
Alpine Productions Inc.
Metromedia Producers Corporation
DistributorNBC (1974, USA, TV)
Lorimar Home Video (USA, VHS)
Reel Media International (worldwide, all media)
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 8, 1974 (1974-10-08) (USA)

Where Have All the People Gone? is a 1974 American made-for-television science fiction drama film starring Peter Graves, Kathleen Quinlan, George O'Hanlon, Jr. and Verna Bloom.


On a camping trip in the Sierra Nevada mountains in central California, Steven Anders and his two teenage children, Deborah and David, are exploring a cave when they experience an earthquake. After emerging, they hear from a ranch-hand who was outside that there was a bright solar flash prior to the earthquake. He soon falls ill and dies, whereupon his body turns to a powdery substance. As the family comes down from the mountain to the nearest town, they discover that everyone has turned to the powdery substance inside their clothing, and there are few survivors.

Owing to fear and anxiety, most people they find are focused only on their own survival, but as the family try to make their way home to Malibu (where the mother had returned earlier from the camping trip), they find two people that need their help, as well as a man who invites them to be neighbors.

They face dangers ranging from wild dogs, who seem to have been driven mad from the solar flare, to a gunman who steals their car. They rescue a woman, Jenny, and later a young boy whose family was killed by two men who stole their car. Apart from the physical journey, they struggle to overcome the emotional trauma of the events.

They find their way home and discover a note left for them by the mother, who has also died and turned into a powdery substance. They are informed that a virus outbreak that began after the solar flare is responsible for most of the deaths, and that some people have a genetic resistance. Jenny almost commits suicide by attempting to drown herself into the ocean waves, but she is rescued. After initial grief, they later continue with a hopeful outlook by moving into northern California.


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