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

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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 closest you'll ever want to come to nuclear war. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi | War

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23 September 1984 (UK)  »

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Mick Jackson was hired to direct, as he had previously worked in the area of nuclear apocalypse in 1982, producing Q.E.D.: A Guide to Armageddon (1982). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Beckett: Ruth, Ruth love, come on love, you'll have to eat something. You'll have to love, it's not just you now you know, the baby needs food as well.
Ruth Beckett: [crying] I can't care about this baby anymore, I wish she was dead.
Mrs. Beckett: Oh Ruth! Don't say things like that.
Ruth Beckett: There's no point! There's no point with Jimmy dead.
Mrs. Beckett: But you don't know...
Ruth Beckett: He is! He is! I KNOW he is!
Mrs. Beckett: Can't be certain.
Ruth Beckett: Everything in all this radiation, all the time my baby!
[sobs]
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Johnny B. Goode
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An ever-lasting impact!!
22 January 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film when was I was a small schoolboy in England when it was first on the TV in 1985. Although I only saw snatches of the film, it's images and horror have remained with me to this day. This has to be the most visually shocking and emotionally impacting film that I have ever seen. It terrified the life out of me when I was a kid and I became convinced that this was actually going to happen at any time, I thought this was reality, not a film! For years I used to jump under the bed at the sound of an airplane! The most shocking thing was seeing the things you are so familiar with falling apart and seeing the threads of the order of society fall apart so easily. Some of the images were so strange, one that sticks in my mind is seeing a traffic-warden with a machine gun shooting starving survivors. To a small boy the thought that traffic wardens were going to become machine gun toting monsters was more scary than all the horror movies in the world! The image of a giant mushroom cloud rising over Sheffield and the woman who dropped her ice cream into a rapidly forming puddle of her own urine as a result. The horrible birth scene at the end. Diseased survivors fighting for dead sheep. How nice that the politicians would be nicely tucked up in their bunkers whilst we poor pawns would be left up here to face all that.

I breathed quite a large sigh of relief when the Soviet Union collapsed! Let's just hope that humans have finally realised the power of their own destructive force and we will never have to face this becoming a reality. It's fifteen years since I saw the film and have never been able to track it down or find out much about it, most people I speak to have never heard of it, for a while I thought I must have imagined that it ever existed. I was quite relieved to find other people who had seen it on this web site! It is such a shame that it is such an unknown film, it has got to be one of the most powerful anti-war films ever made, and all on a cheap BBC budget, take that Hollywood! I just wish I could see it again to see if it is as shocking as I remember, and judging by the other user comments here, it is.


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