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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
Plot:
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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Too important to ignore, too powerful to dismiss. See more (54 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Michael Aspel ... Commentator
Peter Graham ... Commentator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathy Staff ... Interviewee (uncredited)
Peter Watkins ... Documentist (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Watkins 
 
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Peter Watkins 

Produced by
Peter Watkins .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Peter Bartlett 
Peter Suschitzky (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Bradsell 
 
Costume Design by
Vanessa Clarke 
 
Makeup Department
Lilias Munro .... makeup artist
 
Art Department
Tony Cornell .... design
Anne Davey .... design
 
Sound Department
Lou Hanks .... sound
Stan Morcom .... sound (as Stanley Morcom)
Derek Williams .... sound
 
Stunts
Derek Ware .... action sequences
 
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Peter Norton .... production assistant
 
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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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: Light can be seen reflecting off a woman's "broken" teeth.See more »
Quotes:
Commentator:Within the next 15 years, possibly another 12 countries will have acquired thermonuclear weapons. For this reason, if not through accident or the impulses of man himself, it is now more than possible that what you have seen happen in this film will have taken place before the year 1980.See more »
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Featured in "Cold War" (1998)See more »

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34 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Too important to ignore, too powerful to dismiss., 7 September 1999
Author: Baroque

Although this film clocks in at a mere 48 minutes, not a scene, second or frame is put to waste. A level-headed and all too analytical examination of civil preparedness versus the yield of nuclear weapons. What this film presents is the absolute horror of nuclear war in simulated newsreel footage so realistic, you may feel the pain of those on screen. Fire-storms, asphyxiation, flash-burns, over-burdened hospitals leaving victims to die in pain, street executions under martial law, total social collapse, all filmed in a typical English suburb. Originally planned to be a simple documentary on nuclear warfare made for BBC-TV, the film was banned from television (officially because of it's graphic depictions of suffering, but most likely for it's anti-authoritarian stance and defiance of the official line). Later released to theaters, it went on to win major film awards. Two scenes in particular, one of men being executed for violating water rationing and an interview with children at a medical camp, haunted me for days. This is the great-grandfather of such films as "Threads" and "The Day After", but the matter-of-fact narration in BBC English to the devastation on screen adds an element of sheer horror that no other film comes close to. If anyone you know talks about the survivability of nuclear attack, show them this film, and watch their reaction. This film is too important to ignore, and too powerful to dismiss.

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