Why was a film like THE DAY AFTER an important event in the early days of the Reagan presidency?

In 1983, a terrifying made for tv movie aired on ABC (with a warning). Keep in mind that that pay cable television was still not widely available for most Americans. So, the three major networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC were for the most part, the only channels millions of Americans had access too.

1. Please read attached magazine / newspaper articles

Fallout Over The Day After
Students Voice Fear and Hopelessness
TVs Nuclear Nightmare
National Review on the Film The Day After
2. Please watch the following film: The Day After

Watch the film:The Day After (1983)

3. Please read from your text: The Other Eighties, Chapter 1: Calling to halt : the nuclear freeze campaign

Prompt:

Consider that the COLD WAR had entered essentially in its third decade by the time this film aired on television — while the United States and the USSR had long been embroiled in proxy wars and tense foreign policy dramas — the threat of nuclear war was palpable. Why was a film like THE DAY AFTER an important event in the early days of the Reagan presidency? Explain the type of impact that film had when it aired. Explain the significance of the Nuclear Freeze Movement? What from the film or the Nuclear freeze Movement in particular did you find surprising or interesting? This film was made nearly 40 years ago….what connections can be made to current US foreign policies concerning the current issue of nuclear proliferation?