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No Blade of Grass (1970)

When a deadly virus strikes London, John Custance takes his family to hoped-for safety in Scotland.

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Cast

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John Custance
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Ann Custance
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Roger Burnham
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Mary Custance
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David Custance
Ruth Kettlewell ...
Fat Woman
M.J. Matthews ...
George
Michael Percival ...
Police Constable
Tex Fuller ...
Mr. Beaseley
Simon Merrick ...
T.V. Interviewer (Fred Gray)
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Sir Charles Brenner
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Mr. Sturdevant
Anthony May ...
Pirrie
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Clara
Max Hartnell ...
Lieutenant
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Storyline

A strange new virus has appeared, which only attacks strains of grasses such as wheat and rice, and the world is descending into famine and chaos. Architect John Custance, along with his family and friends, is making his way from London to his brother's farm in Scotland, where hopefully, there will be food and safety for all of them. Along the way, they encounter hostile soldiers, biker gangs, and all manner of people who are all too willing to take advantage of travelers for a mouthful of food. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net> (edited by TrivWhiz)

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THE CREEPING TERROR DRIFTED TOWARDS THEM STAMPING OUT ALL CIVILIZATION IN ITS EERIE PATH! See more »

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23 October 1970 (USA)  »

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The Death of Grass  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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By all accounts, Nigel Davenport and Lynne Frederick got along beautifully. Frederick later recalled that Davenport would often come around her quoting Shakespeare. See more »

Quotes

John Custance: Just what are you getting at, Pirrie?
Pirrie: I mean the law... the old law. Well, there isn't any now, is there?
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No Blade Of Grass
By Cornel Wilde (as Louis Nelius) and Charles Carroll
Sung by Roger Whittaker
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Good story - lousy direction
15 April 2000 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I haven't read the original story, though a friend of mine who watched it with me who had read the book said that this film adaptation was fairly close to what happened in the book.

The story is an intriguing one, and fascinating as to how is constantly seem to show no hope, no promise. There are some powerful scenes here. Unfortunately, director Cornel Wilde was not the right choice here. Yes, he does get some powerful scenes, but there are a number of annoyances. He shows endless shots of polluted rivers, garbage, dead animals, etc. - this isn't really what the story is about! I know there was a big ecology kick going on at the time, but that's no excuse.

Also, there are a number of flash-forwards that spoil events that happen later in the movie. What was the point of ruining these plot turns for us? Couldn't we have been taken by surprise?

Also, some scenes go by at a rapid-fire pace, or seem to have been cut before they completely played out.

So it's not a great film. However, the story is what's interesting, and what will probably make the movie worth watching to viewers, provided they have patience. (If they can find it - it's not on video, unfortunately.) Plus, even though it's a little corny, it'll be hard for me to shake that haunting title song out of my head.


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