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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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, 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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Yesterday, they were decent people letting their environment die. Now they are savages, killing to keep themselves alive. 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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First film of Lynne Frederick. See more »

Quotes

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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Everything in it make perfect sense.
28 March 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

At least to me it does. True, this film is a little dated. True as well, most randomly inserted footage of polluted rivers/dead animals & flashback are annoying at best, not really providing any insight or contributing to the overall atmosphere of the movie ; but then, it cut the monotony of the roaming band, allowing a smoother transition for the following "action" scenes.

So indeed, this movie is not without its flaws, but I hardly understand some of the harsh comments regarding the acting or the scenario ; the casting is excellent and the storyline somewhat believable. Without giving too much clues, if you consider what they go through before getting to the countryside, I wasn't really shocked by the general "shot first and ask questions later" attitude of the "hero", nor did I find the relatively short span of time before the collapse of organized society surprising. (Just look at what a panicked mob can do today and just imagine that there was actually such a dramatic event as portrayed in the story...)

So overall, I'd highly recommend this movie for any amateurs of "end-of-the-world" movies, providing you can get past the pseudo-ecological message and the general feeling of age. (which shouldn't be a problem if like me, you love B movies from the 70's - 80's.) A great late-night movie to which I would really like to see a remake made.


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