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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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)
Anthony Sharp ...
Sir Charles Brenner
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Mr. Sturdevant
Anthony May ...
Pirrie
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Clara
Max Hartnell ...
Lieutenant
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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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A virus of doom envelops earth! See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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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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Trivia

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

Quotes

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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No Blade Of Grass
By Louis Nelius and Charles Carroll
Sung by Roger Whittaker
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Exodus in a new guise
25 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What most people seem to have missed is the Exodus theme and the Moses figure of the main character. He leads people to a new promised land in the midst of chaos and plague. He is assisted by a Joshua character who does the organizational work and heads the military actions. The daughter's fiancé is the hesitant and uncertain Aaron. Somewhat confused overall and not as effective as it could have been. The flash forwards were distracting and set up an anticipation that detracted from the present scenes. It is difficult to see how the film was an argument for environmental causes. It would be better seen as a cautionary tale on the fragility of society. Given a socially disruptive situation people are often incapable of recognizing the need for social order and become, instead, survivalists. Social order is even more necessary when normality is undercut and crisis events threaten to overwhelm our institutions.


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