No Blade of Grass (1970)

R  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  23 October 1970 (USA)
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When a deadly virus strikes London, John Custance takes his family to hoped-for safety in Scotland.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Custance
Ann Custance
John Hamill ...
Roger Burnham
Mary Custance
Patrick Holt ...
David Custance
Ruth Kettlewell ...
Fat Woman
M.J. Matthews ...
Michael Percival ...
Police Constable
Tex Fuller ...
Mr. Beaseley
Simon Merrick ...
T.V. Interviewer (Fred Gray)
Anthony Sharp ...
Sir Charles Brenner
George Coulouris ...
Mr. Sturdevant
Anthony May ...
Max Hartnell ...


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 <> (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)  »

Also Known As:

The Death of Grass  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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The last film shot at MGM's Borehamwood Studios. Actress Wendy Richard joked, "I successfully closed down Borehamwood Studios. See more »


Clara: Here, how long are we gonna be up there on this farm?
Pirrie: Hell do I know? Why?
Clara: [Sarcastically] Well, we're gonna have a smashin' time up there, arn't we?
Pirrie: You forget the smashin' time. just keep your legs crossed.
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Referenced in 28 Days Later... (2002) See more »


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9 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The author of Death of Grass, John Christopher (real name Samuel You'd

  • for some reason,the IMDb site keeps adding an apostrophe to the name)

didn't see this film at the cinema when it was released.

Years later, when it was broadcast as a late night movie, he sat down to watch it in a comfy chair, a glass of whisky to hand. He lasted until the first advert break and then, sensibly, retired to bed.

This cries out to be remade - one or two of John Christopher's other novels would make interesting films, too.

John Christopher was often compared to John Wyndham and the similarity certainly exists - although Wyndham had the edge.

I wish IMDb would withdraw the 10 line minimum requirement - seems a bit arbitrary!

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