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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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Complete credited cast:
Hilda Bloggs (voice)
Jim (voice)
Robin Houston ...
Announcer (voice)
James Russell
David Dundas
Matt Irving


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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Both main stars of this film Peggy Ashcroft and John Mills won their Oscars while appearing in David Lean epics. See more »


Jim: We must keep abreast of the international situation, Love. See, the decisions made by the powers-that-be will get to us in the end.
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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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god,our rock in ages past
15 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is based on a story by Raymond Briggs ,of "The Snowman" fame. This film is proof that cartoons aren't just for kids and it will disturb you deeply. Mr and Mrs Bloggs,voiced by John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft,are a sweet English couple, peacefully living out their remaining years in the country,whose lives are going to be shattered by nucleur war. The main premise of the film is that they really don't have a clue about what is going to happen.They get very little advice and what advice they do get is different.The government gives different advice from the local council. The film is full of reminiscences about WWII and how the couple believe that the government and emergency services will see them all right in the end. After the bomb hits it is sad to the see the couple slowly deteriorate but even to the very end still certain that the government and emergency service's will come to their rescue. Watch this film if you ever get a chance but don't watch it expecting a happy ending because the end will just wrench at your heart strings and leave you thinking "but for the grace of god go I"

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