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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The extras for the film were from the towns of Gravesend, Dartford and surrounding areas. Many were members of local Amateur Dramatic companies and can be seen in scenes that are wildly different. See more
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Female Civil Defense Worker
I think extra numbers would've made no difference at all toward this, 15 or 20 times the number of civil defense, wouldn't have stopped the initial attack from killing or maiming exactly the same number of people.
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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