The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city. Although it won an Oscar for Best Documentary, it is fiction. It was intended as an hour-long program to air on BBC 1, but it was deemed too intense and violent to broadcast. It went to theatrical distribution as a feature film instead. Low-budget and shot on location, it strives for and achieves convincing and unflinching realism.
BBC TV's film about a nuclear attack on Britain directed by Peter Watkins
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Despite being produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the film was banned from television. The official reason was violence and depiction of human suffering, but others hinted that the real reason was because it went against the official government line concerning the survivability of a nuclear attack. The ban didn't forbid cinematic distribution, so the film had a wide theatrical release and won four major film awards. See more
Light can be seen reflecting off a woman's "broken" teeth. See more
A leading American nuclear strategist
In the next world war, I believe that both sides could stop before the ultimate destruction of cities so that both sides could retire for a period of ten years or so of post-attack recuperation, in which world wars four to eight could be prepared.
Some prints replace the stills of Lyndon B. Johnson and Alexey Kosygin with stills of the White House and the Red Square See more
Referenced in Threads
Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night, Holy Night)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Played on phonograph at Dover refugee compound See more