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No Blade of Grass (1970)

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

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John Custance
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Ann Custance
John Hamill ...
Roger Burnham
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Mary Custance
Patrick Holt ...
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
George Coulouris ...
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, along with his family and friends, is making his way from London to his brother's farm in northern England where there will hopefully 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>

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A virus of doom envelops Earth! No room to run! No place to hide! See more »

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23 October 1970 (USA)  »

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The Death of Grass  »

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First film of Lynne Frederick. 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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No Blade Of Grass
By Louis Nelius and Charles Carroll
Sung by Roger Whittaker
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Totally amoral. Uniquely compelling.
23 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just watched again, this for the first time in thirty years. It was as I remembered it - dreadful soundtrack, some stilted direction, full-on eco- warrior ranting, but it doesn't matter. The movie has no clichés, no happy ending, no holding back, no false veneers of good guys and bad guys. I am wracking my brains to come up with a similarly amoral film, from the English speaking world - yes, we might see something of this type from the French new wave, we might see it in Korean or Japanese movies of today, rarely. Sonatine comes to mind. But in a British movie of the 1970s, set in our own countryside?

Inspired, bleak, flawed of course and very dated, but damn close to unique. Damn prophetic too. If you want to see what an anti-hero *really* looks like, look at Anthony May's Pirie. Possibly the most plausible EOTW film around.


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