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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Meagher ...
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Jimmy Kemp
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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 ...
Bob
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Chief Supt. Hirst
Phil Rose ...
Medical Officer
Steve Halliwell ...
Information Officer
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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 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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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi | War

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23 September 1984 (UK)  »

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Sheffield was chosen as the main location because of its "Nuclear-free zone" policy, as mentioned in the article about the nickname "People's Republic of South Yorkshire". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[as a mushroom cloud rises in the distance]
Bob: Jesus Christ! They've done it... They've done it!
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Johnny B. Goode
Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by Chuck Berry
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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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