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When the Wind Blows (1986)

A naive elderly British rural couple survive the initial onslaught of a nuclear war.

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Hilda Bloggs (voice)
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With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II. Written by Andy Bogursky <bogursky@erols.com>

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...It's No Fairy Tale

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11 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Quando o Vento Sopra  »

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The film was part of a 1980s cycle of films about atomic bombs and nuclear warfare which had started in 1979 with The China Syndrome (1979). The films included Silkwood (1983), Testament (1983), Threads (1984), WarGames (1983), The Day After (1983), The Atomic Cafe (1982), The Manhattan Project (1986), Whoops Apocalypse (1982), Special Bulletin (1983), Ground Zero (1987), Barefoot Gen (Hadashi no Gen (1983)), Rules of Engagement (1989), When the Wind Blows (1986), Letters from a Dead Man (Pisma myortvogo cheloveka (1986)), Memoirs of a Survivor (1981) and The Chain Reaction (1980). See more »

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Announcer: We are now interrupting this broadcast for an official government announcement. An enemy missile attack has been launched against this country. It is estimated that the missles will arrive in approximately three minutes. Three minutes.
Jim: God almighty, Ducks! There's only three minutes to go!
Hilda: Oh dear! I'll just get the wash in.
Jim: Come back you stupid bitch, and get in the shelter!
Hilda: How dare you talk to me like that, James!
Jim: Shut up and get in!
Hilda: There's no need to forget your manners just because ...
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When the film opened in Denmark the voices were dubbed by Ghita Nørby and Ove Sprogøe. Simply awful. See more »

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The Brazilian
Written and Performed by Genesis
Produced by Genesis and Hugh Padgham
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It's very simple: they drop the big one - you die
10 February 2004 | by (vienna, austria) – See all my reviews

There are very few films that attempt to realistically describe life after the bomb. If it is a Hollywood production, there has to be an optimistic ending - take "the day after" with a simple but uplifting message: some will die, there will be personal tragedy, yes - but we'll make it under the guidance of our government.

This film takes a different approach: the format (animated) and the setting (rural England) perfectly match the soothing government messages: build a shelter, keep some food and drink - you'll be alright.

But then the story is continued through to the (very painful) end: there is no more government, there is no more mailman, there is

no more you....


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