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Rated R
Copyright 1984 Radioactive Dreams Productions Inc.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Phillip - John Stockwell! Somber young man, he's the strong silent type unless a violent hippie bites him.
  • Marlowe - Michael Dudikoff! Phillip's goofy younger brother who just wants to be a dancing dick. (Not the sort of thing you tell people these days.)
  • Rusty - Like, way cool girl man, she's basically a flower child. Falls for Phillip.
  • Spade and Dash - George Kennedy! (And, um, some other guy.) Two men who saved Phillip and Marlowe's lives years ago by whisking them into the bomb shelter, now powerful warlords. Taken out by a small army of Miles' soldiers.
  • Disco Mutants - These kids are CRAZED, a pair of young boys dressed in leisure suits who have perfected language based on the word f**k. Eaten by a huge rodent.
  • Stern - Cannibal hippie leader, stuck like a pig by Rusty.
  • Miles - Evil bitch who wants to rule the post nuclear war world. Marlowe gives her a quick lesson in automatic weapons.

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The Plot: 

Mutants, George Kennedy, and Rock n Roll, this film has it all. Even action star Michael Dudikoff (oh get up and stop laughing) playing the role of a cheery teenager who wants to be a footloose detective.

Only one thing can explain such a turn of events, nuclear war! Nostradamus was off by about four years it seems, in 1996 the U.S. and Russia finally had it out. Two kids are playing near a bomb shelter when the blast happens, fortunately two men grab both and run inside. Abandoned and sealed into the shelter while still young the two grow into strapping lads, bad thing is the only books to read were 1940's detective books (hence their names). Needless to say, the pair are not well adapted to what society is after Armageddon. Hippie's, Disco, and even George Kennedy are back - it's truly hell on Earth.

One fortunate thing does happen, Miles stumbles across their path and while catching a ride manages to lose her keys. Special keys she stole from Spade and Dash, the launch keys to an unused ballistic missile. Once the gang leaders of Edge City find out the duo has them it's nonstop trouble, even Rusty betrays Phillip.

Toughened up by a crash course in the school of hard knocks, the pair are almost ready to take on the world. Well, an old warehouse full of mutants at least. Just when you think they've bitten off more than they can chew two of the most powerful warlords rip off their lizard masks. That's right, it's George Kennedy and pal, turning the tables on Miles' pack of dirty rats. Phil and Marlowe's old pops have these guns, the settings are safe, fire, and blow everything to hell. I want one.

If that climatic battle isn't enough, the movie finishes out with a dance number as the young detectives cut a rug. I'll admit, this is one of my guilty pleasures, amazingly bad, but between watching Michael Dudikoff dance and the "Pimps of Doom" it's worth a little pain.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • In 1996 they didn't have color film.
  • Reading a book on barbering does not make one a barber.
  • Cars left untouched for fifteen years will start right up.
  • "The finger" is not a good pickup line.
  • Never let a strange hippie girl put manacles on you.
  • Given time a writer can come up with a theme song for anything.
  • Women: If clothed in a flowing white dress you look slightly out of place carrying a submachine gun.
  • Wearing flashing lights on your otherwise stealthy body armor is not advised.
  • George Kennedy is a post nuclear war mutant...

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 2 mins - George Kennedy! Help!
  • 12 mins - These two really need to stop referring to themselves as "dicks."
  • 17 mins - Say, wouldn't those rounds have to travel through Marlowe to hit there?
  • 28 mins - You're going to get your butt kicked.
  • 37 mins - Rowl! (You'll have to watch the scene.)
  • 54 mins - It's a female Elvis!
  • 61 mins - They have more mutants than you have bullets my friends...
  • 63 mins - Ladies and gentlemen, the Untouchables.
  • 73 mins - Ouch! (Big guns make big holes in people.)


  • Miles: "I'm going to blow your head off unless I get those keys."
    Marlowe: "So what does this mean, Miles? You don't love me no more?"
  • Phillip: "In a tight jam a nuclear missile just might come in handy."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note radiodreams1.wav Marlowe: "So, how do I look, pop? Ah, you look swell, son. Yeah you're one tough dick; you're one slick dick! Well gee, thanks, pop!" (He's talking to himself in the mirror.)
Green Music Note radiodreams2.wav Phillip: "Would you stop calling them our pops, please Marlowe? They locked us up in that bomb shelter cause they never intended us ever getting out, ever!"
Green Music Note radiodreams3.wav One of the Disco Mutants demonstrates his mastery of F**kingese.
Green Music Note radiodreams4.wav Phillip: "Well why can't you be out at night?"
Rusty: "Because man the radiation made some pretty freaky looking creatures that like to roam around at night."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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 Watch a sceneVIDEOMPEG video files 

Video Clipradiodreams1.mpg - 3.1m
Michael Dudikoff watching George Kennedy kicking ass! Only in America and only after a nuclear war my friends.

I still want one of those guns...

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Radioactive Dreams
Reply #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by OrionDuHast
The opening scenes of this film were unforgettable! The black and white vision of the "fathers?" hiding the heros in the bomb shelter when they were young kids and then watching them grow to noir inspired private dicks! Where do they come up with this stuff?! Of course the sound track was perfect for this 80's cold war gem..
Radioactive Dreams
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Mighty Max
I saw this incredible movie for the first time when I was 13 (now I'm 20) and I saw it again yesterday night on the same little italian network where I saw this movie 7 years ago!!!
7 years ago I didn't tape it, but now...hey man, now I 've got it!!!!! YEAHHHHHHH!!!!!
I love this movie, I love its great soundtrack and I love the actress that plays Miles!!!!!!
What can I say? if you never see this masterpiece, try to rent it, to buy it, to get a copy, to tape it coz if you don't do it, you're losers!!!!!!!!!!
If I'll become a director, I'll surely make a sequel of this movie!!!!! I promise!!!!!!!
With Army Of Darkness and Alice In Wonderland, these three movies are the ones that I take with me in a nuclear shelter!!!!!!!!
Radioactive Dreams
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Daniel
I actually worked on this movie as part of the crew. They shot some exteriors and interiors right on Washington Bl in Culver City. I was going to film school then and was frustrated with the quality of the education and just when I was about to change careers, I got a job on a new flick called "Radiocative Dreams". This movie changed my life. I was going to quit filmaking and become a "film critic" to vent my frustrations, but I figured that if this retards could get a job directing then anyone could, even Mother Theresa.
This is 2003 and retarded directors keep making their 'radiocative dreams' only they spend 80 millions and call it "Godzilla" or "Forrest Gump". Obviously there is a need for this type of entertainment. Isn't there?
Radioactive Dreams
Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by J R
Great B (or Z?) movie.  Reminds me of the all night flicks at the drive-in when we used to pay a dollar for as many people as we could fit in the car (my record was 18).  I have watched this one at least half a dozen times over the years. How in the hell did they get all these "name" actors? FYI - the soundtrack that everyone in the previous messages has been raving about is apparently only available in Germany on vinyl.  I bought one off Ebay.  They aren't cheap but they are available, and the German copies are up to, or exceed U.S. standards for vinyl records.  I don't know of any on CD, unfortunately.
Re: Radioactive Dreams
Reply #13. Posted on April 25, 2010, 04:24:13 PM by Rutledal
I write for a site were we amongst other thing count action actor's movie kills so I was wondering if somebody knows if Dudikoff kills anyone in this movie, and if possibly how many.

Thanks in advance.

- Stein
Re: Radioactive Dreams
Reply #14. Posted on May 26, 2011, 06:52:25 PM by Stargazer
@Stein: Dudikoff kills only one person in affect. Both heroes are more into running than into fighting! ;-)

Ok, where to start. I really love this movie and the soundtrack. As most of you I was always searching the internet every now and then for a release of either the DVD or a CD Version of the soundtrack.

After all these years both have finally been released! The bad news is, as far as I could scout, only in Germany so far. You will find the DVD (it has a VHS quality) and a DVD+Soundtrack  (limited Special Edition) on You can search for "Radioactive Dreams SE" or simply "Radioactive Dreams" (what a surprise :-) ) as I am not allowed to post any links here.

But this could also mean that a US DVD release is close at hand! The DVD (normal version on Amazon is already out of stock) contains also the English language.

I pre ordered and received my copy today and I am pretty happy with the Special Edition as one can easy guess.

That's all, just wanted to let you know.
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