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Release Date:
7 February 1967 (USA) See more »
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BBC TV's film about a nuclear attack on Britain directed by Peter Watkins
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 4 wins See more »
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Essential viewing See more (54 total) »

Cast

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Michael Aspel ... Commentator
Peter Graham ... Commentator
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Kathy Staff ... Interviewee (uncredited)
Peter Watkins ... Documentist (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Watkins 
 
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Peter Watkins 

Produced by
Peter Watkins .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Peter Bartlett 
Peter Suschitzky 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Bradsell 
 
Costume Design by
Vanessa Clarke 
 
Makeup Department
Lilias Munro .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Lou Hanks .... sound
Stan Morcom .... sound (as Stanley Morcom)
Derek Williams .... sound
 
Other crew
Tony Cornell .... design
Anne Davey .... design
Peter Norton .... production assistant
Derek Ware .... action sequences
 
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48 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (2002) | West Germany:12

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Despite having been produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the film was banned from television broadcast. The official reason was for violence and depiction of human suffering, but others hinted that it may have been because it went against the official government line concerning survivability of nuclear attack. While the ban forbade television broadcast, it did not forbid cinematic distribution. Because of this loophole, the film was given wide release in theatres, and won four major film awards.See more »
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Female Civil Defense Worker:I think extra numbers would've made no difference at all toward this, 15 or 20 times the number of civil defense, wouldn't have stopped the initial attack from killing or maiming exactly the same number of people.See more »
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV)See more »

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33 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Essential viewing, 3 September 2004
Author: Glenn Walsh from Belfast

I saw The War Game thanks to my local branch of CND in 1979 when they showed it in a hall in our town. My mum was vehemently anti-communist so I had to sneak out to see it. The local paper kicked up at 14-year olds being encouraged to see an 'X' film. Was it worth the fuss? Yes, without a doubt. I had already seen Watkin's definitive 'Culloden' earlier that year and was bowled over by the documentary style applied to a drama, but The War Game surpassed even that. I will never forget the scenes of the helmeted English bobbies shooting people in the head to put them out of their misery, or the bucket full of wedding rings or most of all, the line of kids being asked what they wanted to be when they grew up and the replies of 'nuffink.'

For me, that summed up the futility of war, nuclear or otherwise.

'Threads' is good, but 'The War Game' is still the best portrayal of a nuclear attack on Britain ever made. It should be shown more often.

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