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7 February 1967 (USA) See more »
BBC TV's film about a nuclear attack on Britain directed by Peter Watkins
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  (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 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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
Derek Ware .... action sequences
Other crew
Peter Norton .... production assistant
Crew verified as complete

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48 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 »
Revealing mistakes: Light can be seen reflecting off a woman's "broken" teeth.See more »
A leading American nuclear strategist:In the next world war, I believe that both sides could stop before the ultimate destruction of cities so that both sides could retire for a period of ten years or so of post-attack recuperation, in which world wars four to eight could be prepared.See more »
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
for it's time it was intense, 22 January 2006
Author: inquist4 from Canada

The War Game........ I saw this movie in a limited engagement in Toronto at an underground theater when it was first shown here. For the time the film was very " in your face " and I recall people coming from the small theater with shocked looks on their faces, one couple I recall the man was being sick at the curb, others seemed to have just blank stares on their faces.

It was a very impacting movie, very much ahead of its time and no where could have Hollywood or any other film makers here or in the US could have come close to making. It was an very intense for the subject and it was the ending that did it to everyone there who saw it. For 46 minutes of black & white film it had impact that I have not seen since in any of the much vaunted films over the last 40 odd years or so. If you do get a chance to see it do so, and try to see it in the temper of the times that it was produced in..........Enjoy


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