The Manhattan Project
(20th Cent. Fox, 1986)
Charming and intelligent box office flop, with John Lithgow being excellent, Cynthia Nixon back when she liked boys, and ephemeral star Christopher Collet before he disappeared into oblivion. It's another enjoyable apocalypse howdunit, but was apparently too smart for kids, too scary for adults, and utterly buried by blockbuster movies like Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Back To School, and The Karate Kid II. We liked it then, and we still like it now.