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Wed, Apr 19 at 8:00pm


  • Dir. Steve De Jarnatt
  • USA
  • 1988
  • 87 min.
  • R
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Science on Screen 2023

Wed, Apr 19 at 8:00pm: Introduction from high-energy nuclear physicist Vicki Greene, Stevenson Professor of Physics at Vanderbilt University | BUY TICKETS

After a chance meeting at La Brea Tar Pits and an unlikely first date, Harry and Julie are on their way to falling head over heels in love. They arrange a second date after Julie has finished her shift at a late night dinner, but Harry oversleeps and leaves Julie out in the cold. After heading to the diner to make things up to her, Harry inadvertently intercepts a phone call that alerts him to an impending nuclear war, setting him off on a manic journey through the city to rescue his newfound love.

“A master class in pacing and escalation, writer/director Steve De Jarnatt crafts in MIRACLE MILE a John Hughes meets George Miller all-timer.” —Ed Travis, Cinapse

“An audacious doomsday thriller with a 20-megaton impact. Deceptively simple and relentlessly gripping, it represents American independent movie-making at its most exciting and accessible for mainstream audiences.” —Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show

“Oh Lord, Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb on Me”: Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Threat in the 21st Century

About the Talk:
An introduction from Stevenson Professor of Physics Vicki Greene, Vanderbilt University, covering her work in high energy physics, the essential science behind nuclear weapons, the threats they pose, and current interventions the physics community is making to ensure a safer future.

About the Speaker:
Vicki Greene, Stevenson Professor of Physics, is a high energy nuclear physicist. She received her B.A. from the University of Tennessee, and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, before she joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1994 as the first woman in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Professor Greene’s research focuses on the study of matter as it existed during the very early universe. She was named a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in 2014 for her research and for promoting the participation of women in physics. APS is the major professional society for nuclear physics in the U.S. She is currently past chair of APS’s division of nuclear physics of the APS and is also a member of the Physicists Coalition for Nuclear Threat Reduction.