Damnation Alley is a 1977 post-apocalyptic film, directed by Jack Smight, loosely based on the novel of the same name by Roger Zelazny. 1st Lieutenant Jake Tanner (Jan-Michael Vincent) shares ICBM silo duty at an Air Force missile base in the California desert with Major Eugene "Sam" Denton (George Peppard), who is requesting not to work with him. On their way to duty, Denton talks to Airman Tom Keegan (Paul Winfield), an aspiring artist. When the United States detects incoming nuclear missiles, Tanner and Denton launch part of the retaliatory strike. Two years later, the Earth has been tilted off its axis by nuclear detonations of World War III; radiation has mutated insect life, the planet is wracked by massive storms, and the sky is in a perpetual Aurora Borealis-like state.