When a deadly virus strikes London, John Custance 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 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 Death of Grass  »

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First film of Lynne Frederick. See more »

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John Custance: Just what are you getting at, Pirri?
Pirrie: I mean the law... the old law.
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No Blade Of Grass
By Louis Nelius and Charles Carroll
Sung by Roger Whittaker
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Inept
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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