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Damnation Alley (1977) starring George Peppard, Jan-Michael Vincent
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Damnation Alley (1977) starring George Peppard, Jan-Michael Vincent

Synopsis of Damnation Alley


Damnation Alley – In a post-apocalyptic world, a group of survivors travel and find other settlements in huge custom designed all-terrain vehicles.

Review of Damnation Alley

In Damnation Alley, George Peppard and Jan-Michael Vincent go on a road trip.  A post-apocalyptic road trip.  After nuclear war has knocked the Earth of its axis, a road trip.  To find survivors, and try to make it to Albany, New York, the only source of a radio transmission afterward.  A road trip with:

  • Giant scorpions
  • Killer cockroaches
  • Insane “mountain men”.
  • Really bad weather – including flooding that turns over the vehicle, a sandstorm that kills multiple people.

Damnation Alley is a cult classic, due to no small part to the special vehicle that they take their road trip it.  In a real sense, it’s the star of the film.  Although the various actors have done excellent performances elsewhere, the performances here are fairly wooden.

Cast of characters in Damnation Alley

Damnation Alley (1977) starring George Peppard, Jan-Michael Vincent
  • 1st Lt. Jake Tanner (Jan-Michael VincentAirwolf).  Air Force veteran, who fired the retaliatory strike with Denton.  Now, simply trying to survive.
  • Major Eugene “Sam” Denton (George PeppardBlue MaxA-Team).  A “by the book” military man, in charge of the expedition.
  • Janice (Dominique SandaThe Conformist).  A young lady, rescued by them who joins the group.  She had been living in an abandoned casino – and had thought that she was the last survivor.
  • Tom Keegan (Paul WinfieldThe TerminatorStar Trek II: The Wrath of Khan).  Former airman, an aspiring artist, and Tanner’s friend. He has a “close encounter” with cockroaches.  His friendship with Tanner is one of the most relatable parts of the movie.
  • Billy (Jackie Earle HaleyWatchmen).  A teenage boy who’s been living on his own, since the death of his father.  A likable young man, who throws a mean rock.
  • Lieutenant Tom Perry (Kip NivenAirport 1975).  Denton’s right-hand man, a by-the-book military type.  He sadly dies relatively early in the sandstorm.

Updated February 10, 2022

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