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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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A girl is seen having unwanted or 'crude' intercourse with a young boy unwillingly and as a result becomes heavily pregnant.

Threads presents a graphic realistic portrayal of nuclear war and its aftermath to the screen, the violence is quite graphic for a TV movie.

A single nuclear weapon falls near the city of Sheffield (the setting of the film), and it's implied that many people would have been vaporized or terribly burnt in the blast radius which causes mass destruction to homes and neighbourhoods

A woman is seen with severe body-burns.

Frequent deaths occur in the film from radiation sickness, starvation and attempts at post-war survival

In a hospital, many bloody injuries are shown and a man's leg is seen being amputated with a hand saw, without anaesthetic, quite graphic and disturbing.

A boy is shot and killed whilst trying to steal food

The violence while presented in a graphic and shocking manner, is not ment to frighten but to educate people on what can happen should there be a nuclear war.

Although the film features many angry and frightening scenes where strong language would be entirely expected among the characters, there is only one use (fucking) during a scene where soldiers retrieve a stolen bag of crisps from the body of a looter they have just killed, and it occurs rather ironically when one of the soldiers light heartedly comments that it's a flavour he dislikes.

People are seen casually drinking and smoking in a pub

The film is incredibly bleak, terrifying and disturbing in its accuracy of depicting nuclear warfare and the struggle for survival that follows.

A weapon detonates 15 miles from Sheffield and the blast causes windows to smash and strong winds injuring many people.

After a bomb detonates on the outskirts of Sheffield, many buildings are destroyed in an extended blast sequence which may be upsetting to some viewers.

Post-war Britain is marred by problems ranging from a destroyed ozone layer, a mediaeval-style civilization, and problems in acquiring food. These scenes may disturb sensitive viewers.

The hospital scene is quite disturbing, and it is quite dark during those scenes.

The leg amputation scene is probably the most graphic and disturbing scene in the film, the fact the man is not on any anaesthetic's makes this scene even harder to watch. You will quench when this part comes up.

The deaths are graphic and quite disturbing.

The ending depicts a young girl giving birth to a deformed, stillborn baby.

Suggested MPAA rating, R for scenes of graphic violence disturbing images all involving nuclear war, and a scene of sexuality.

Australia:M (video rating) / Singapore:PG13 / UK:15

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