It almost became a reality twice in 1983: the Soviet nuclear false alarm and the Able Archer exercises in which this film was released at those exercises were occurring. Here in the Philippines, this showed in IBC according to a military and defense expert I talked to online. My dad was only 23 when this was released and he slightly remembers it. Most Filipinos at this time mostly did not care about MAD or world affairs as they were still reeling from Aquino's assassination.
Thankfully I was too young and dumb to worry about movies like this, I was only 8 by the time the Soviet Union collapsed so these films had no power over me.
Me too. I was 11 at the time. I managed to avoid most of the movie. But I walked into the room where the tv was on right when the bombs went off.