The War Game (1965)

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The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city. Although it won an Oscar for Best Documentary, it is ... See full summary »



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The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city. Although it won an Oscar for Best Documentary, it is fiction. It was intended as an hour-long program to air on BBC 1, but it was deemed too intense and violent to broadcast. It went to theatrical distribution as a feature film instead. Low-budget and shot on location, it strives for and achieves convincing and unflinching realism. Written by io <>

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BBC TV's film about a nuclear attack on Britain directed by Peter Watkins


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7 February 1967 (USA)  »

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Krigsspel  »

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Although this film is not a documentary, it won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, the only fictional film to win this award. See more »


Light can be seen reflecting off a woman's "broken" teeth. See more »


Bomb survivor: Another thing the Germans did after the bombing on Dresden was they... took the wedding rings from the bodies. They were trying to identify them from the inscription inside the ring. We also are doing this. We are keeping the rings in this bucket here.
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Referenced in The 50 Greatest Documentaries (2005) See more »

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Still hard hitting

...saw THE WAR GAME last year and I really enjoyed it... Just caught it on DVD and I can't help but wonder if scenes were cut out of the DVD as I remembered it to be much much longer!?!?

Anyway I digress

I brilliant film made by the BBC which was banned for many years because of the fact it was too real... In most cases it's re-released because films from the 60's tend to date somewhat compared to modern cinema standards. But the War Game is still as hard hitting as it was the day the BBC decided they couldn't put it on television.

Some truely horrible scenes involving the collapse of the nation when bombed by the enemy

For what it set out to do.


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