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The War Game (1965)

A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.

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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. Written by io <orb@europa.com>

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BBC TV's film about a nuclear attack on Britain directed by Peter Watkins

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Despite having been produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the film was banned from television broadcast. The official reason was for violence and depiction of human suffering, but others hinted that it may have been because it went against the official government line concerning survivability of nuclear attack. While the ban forbade television broadcast, it did not forbid cinematic distribution. Because of this loophole, the film was given wide release in theatres, and won four major film awards. See more »

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Light can be seen reflecting off a woman's "broken" teeth. See more »

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Documentist: Um, excuse me. Er... What are you doing here exactly?
Civil Defense Worker: We're issuing to as many householders as possible a copy of this booklet, which tells them how to prepare their houses against blast and fallout.
Documentist: Have people not seen this booklet before?
Civil Defense Worker: Well, a copy was prepared some years ago but... it didn't sell very well.
Documentist: It wasn't... It wasn't free?
Civil Defense Worker: Oh, no, no. It cost ninepence.
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Close to forty years after it was made, it's still one of the most powerful and disturbing documentaries you'll ever see.
3 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

'The War Game' is a fascinating and deeply disturbing documentary which dramatizes what might happen in the event of a nuclear strike. Of course in many ways it is dated but I still think its central message is as powerful and as frightening as ever. It was banned (either officially or non-officially, there is some debate) by the BBC for many years, and it's no wonder. The film is political dynamite. This is not a film you would choose to watch for entertainment, but I highly recommend it to anyone who is willing to look at something confrontational and REAL. The Cold War is long over but the threat of nuclear annihilation remains, and therefore 'The War Game' still deserves to be seen by a mass audience before it's too late.


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