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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 »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins See more »
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Now THIS is a horror film! 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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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 »
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 The 50 Greatest Documentaries (2005) (TV)See more »

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38 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Now THIS is a horror film!, 11 May 2003
Author: reptilicus from Vancouver, Canada

I just saw this for the first time and more than once while watching it I felt my body go ice cold. This was surely THE DAY AFTER of its time. Presented in a matter-of-fact documentary style it shows people blissfully ignorant of what could happen in the event of a nuclear attack. Sure enough, quicker than you can say "On The Beach" an attack comes and the lives of the people who couldn't care less a moment before are changed forever.

Some scenes are still truly jolting. Looters trying to get away with the only thing of value left in the world, tinned food, are gunned down by expressionless British police. A man displays a shotgun and declares there is only room in his shelter for his family and he will not hesitate to shoot his neighbours if they try to get in. A doctor laments that severely injured people are taken to a "dying room" and left to perish without care or pain killers. Bodies are stacked like logs for mass cremation. Shell shocked survivors are so traumatised they just sit and stare. This movie runs only 48 minutes but you will be aware of every second!

This movie was made in 1965, the year I was born, so I cannot say I understand what the people of that era must have felt but after seeing this I have a rough idea of the mindset of the public in those Cold War days.

After seeing those US Government produced movies telling people to just hide in their basements for 2 week; after which the U S of A will not only have won a nuclear war but will have put the world back into apple pie order THE WAR GAME is the cinematic equivalent of a sucker punch to the jaw. Watch this film, and then TRY to sleep!

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