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Threads (1984)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, War  |  23 September 1984 (UK)
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Documentary-style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England, and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Meagher ...
Reece Dinsdale ...
Jimmy Kemp
David Brierly ...
Mr. Kemp (as David Brierley)
Rita May ...
Mrs. Kemp
Nicholas Lane ...
Michael Kemp
Jane Hazlegrove ...
Alison Kemp
Henry Moxon ...
Mr. Beckett
June Broughton ...
Mrs. Beckett
Sylvia Stoker ...
Granny Beckett
Harry Beety ...
Clive Sutton
Ruth Holden ...
Marjorie Sutton
Ashley Barker ...
Chief Supt. Hirst
Phil Rose ...
Medical Officer
Steve Halliwell ...
Information Officer


Documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England; and the eventual long running effects of nuclear war on civilization. Written by Leisha Sibley

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The end of the world as we know it. See more »


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23 September 1984 (UK)  »

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A Teia  »

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When the air-raid siren sounds, we see an elderly woman in a red coat and black hat running toward a department store door. Seconds later, after we see the police car and other people running, the camera goes back to an overhead view of the square. The same woman is now standing in the middle of the square, well away from the doors. See more »


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Never far from my thoughts...
6 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first and only time I saw Threads was when it aired on PBS in 1985 or 1986, at 15 or 16 years old. It came near the end of my childhood obsession with world war III, in which I terrified myself to sleep many nights worrying about it.

Like no other movie Threads has, in the last 20 years, popped back in my thoughts on occasion. I remember many scenes vividly, and through the magic of IMDb, I've learned that some things that I thought I saw, but couldn't believe, actually did occur in the film. (I'm referring specifically to the "ET" scene that was mentioned in the message boards.) Having grown up in the strategic target city of Chicago, I thought: Okay, this is what I could expect if it does happen. I kept me awake into my 20's, when the cold war ended, and the threat was minimized.

There truly is no more frightening a movie ever made.

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