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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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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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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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Hilda: Ooh, it's stuffy in these bags.
Jim: Now you know what it feels like to be a potato.
Hilda: [chuckles] I should hate that, being buried in the ground.
Jim: Oh yes, so would I, give me cremation every time.
Hilda: Oh me too.
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After the end credits, Morse code can be heard in the background. The code, when translated, means "MAD". MAD is an abbreviation for the term "Mutually Assured Destruction". See more »

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What Have They Done
Written by Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford
Performed by Squeeze
Produced by Glenn Tilbrook and Pete Hammond
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The Movie When The Wind Blows Will Rattle Your Very Core!

The movie When The Wind Blows will rattle you to your very core.I saw this movie many years ago in the 1980s in a video store, and I rented it.I was absolutely blown away!It starts out so beautifully with the little sweet doddering man and wife couple and their everyday British way of life.The animation was done so well,it made the story seem surreal, but yet so realistic.Their lives seem so simplistic, and then the tension builds.I could not take my eyes off the screen, and I felt so sad when it ended. It is hard to describe the horror and sadness that this film evokes in emotions.I believe that everyone who has their fingers on any nuclear button should have to watch this movie everyday!Maybe then we would get rid of the nuclear threat that is pressing down upon all of mankind.I purchased this video, and every now and then,I watch it.I highly recommend this rare masterpiece.


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