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 ...
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 »


Drama | War


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Release Date:

23 September 1984 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Teia  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the aftermath of the nuclear blast, footage of a cat supposedly "suffocating" outside in the extreme heat is shown. This is actually footage of a cat enjoying a hefty dose of catnip, then they just reversed the film to give the impression of the cat suffocating (the way the cat is rolling on the ground is the giveaway). See more »


Just after the policeman delivers the secret letter to Clive Sutton, he calls his secretary and starts to read off the names of the people he wants to see in his office. The piece of paper in the close-ups is different from the one we see in the long shot. See more »


Air Raid Warning Center: [alarm blaring on loudspeaker] Attack Warning! Red! Attack Warning! Red!
Food Officer: Attack warning! Is it for real?
Accomodation Officer: Attack warning's for bloody real!
Clive Sutton: Right, get to your stations!
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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »


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Possibly the grimmest movie ever made
23 February 1999 | by (Rolla, MO) – See all my reviews

I first saw "Threads" in high school, and saw it again recently as a grown adult. It does make a measure how old you are when viewing this movie; you take the actions on screen more seriously.

"Threads" plays like BBC documentary about a catastrophic nuclear war, interjecting live scenes with a bland monologue and various statistics, although one wonders what audience would be viewing this documentary.

Since it does play like a documentary, it feels no need to either overplay events or sugarcoat things for our sensibilities. There's no speeches or heroic actions, everything occurs as it happens, no matter how horrifying.

The gore is moderate (it was a TV movie after all) but is unsettling because it's taken to be real. Throughout you look for some hopeful thought to intrude, even comic relief, but "Threads" stares you down, making you watch the horror and woe to the bitter end. There is no hope or salvation, only despair.

It's worth seeing a movie like this as a reminder of the horrors of nuclear war; the threat of a mututal destruction by superpowers seems to be fast fading, but there's always the possibility of terrorists or new enemies.

"Threads" is to nuclear war what "Saving Private Ryan" is to war movies, a landmark film that delivers a strong political message without ever really mentioning it.

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