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When the Wind Blows (1986)

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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 ... See full summary »

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

Quotes

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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When the film opened in Denmark the voices were dubbed by Ghita Nørby and Ove Sprogøe. Simply awful. See more »

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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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When the Wind Blows
Lyrics Written and Performed by David Bowie
Music Composed and Performed by David Bowie and Erdal Kizilcay
Produced by David Bowie and David Richards
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Chilling
29 March 1999 | by (lancaster, uk) – See all my reviews

This is a film you will never forget. I watched it as a teenager expecting something soppy and sentimental (it was made by some of the same people who made the Snowman, a Christmas tale featuring the chorister Aled Jones).

John Mills is superb as the male character, his voice carries the echoes of his former glories as hero, officer type and all round good guy. With lavish casting, animation and soundtrack the plot is given a painful intensity.

Instead my family were treated to horror of the worst kind. A horror that deals with ordinary comfortable society. The two lovely elderly characters are my grandparents, my neighbours. We see them crumble and disintegrate in the nuclear aftermath. They prepare cheerfully for a nuclear war and wait helplessly in the fallout for a rescue which will never come.

Don't watch it with your parents, you will cry and be reminded about it for years afterwards.


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