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Release Date:
7 February 1967 (USA) See more »
BBC TV's film about a nuclear attack on Britain directed by Peter Watkins
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 »
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins See more »
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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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Referenced in The 50 Greatest Documentaries (2005) (TV)See more »


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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Still hard hitting, 25 June 2003

...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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