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Threads (1984)

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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Mr. Kemp (as David Brierley)
Rita May ...
Nicholas Lane ...
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Henry Moxon ...
Mr. Beckett
June Broughton ...
Sylvia Stoker ...
Granny Beckett
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Marjorie Sutton
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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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23 September 1984 (UK)  »

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US television magnate Ted Turner wanted to air this film on TBS, his cable TV network, but couldn't find a sponsor. He decided to broadcast the film out of his own pocket. See more »

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The "body" of Granny Beckett is still moving and breathing after the Becketts take her outside the shelter. See more »

Quotes

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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Features Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) See more »

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Johnny B. Goode
Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by Chuck Berry
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Simply the most devastating film I've ever seen
7 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Words can't describe how this movie affected me in 1985, but I'll try. I happened upon a presentation of "Threads" when I was about 11 years old. As a Navy family, we were stationed in Washington D.C. After viewing it, I was frightened to the point of vomiting. I had nightmares for weeks. The world was a very unstable place at the time with a Soviet government that seemed to change monthly.

The cast does an admirable job here. Dialog is kept to a damaging minimum. There is no soundtrack other than screams of misery and explosions. Very effective. While you can't compare a TV production, there is effective use of stock footage. The interspersed scientific facts regarding the aftermath punctuate the film brilliantly.

While other films about the same topic, like "The Day After" and Testament", were reasonably effective in their messages, I think they failed where "Threads" succeeded. In the aforementioned films, there's a glimmer of hope. In "Threads" there is no hope, only death, misery and dread.

I believe I saw "Threads" before the TV broadcast of "The Day After" because my reaction was one of slight indifference. After seeing Mick Jackson's and Barry Hines' work, "The Day After" is like a day at Disneyland. No film portrays the world on the brink and over the edge as effectively. Highly recommended.


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