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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9:16 A.M., a single megaton nuclear missile overshoots Manston Airfield in Kent and airbursts 6 miles from this position.
[people screaming in pain
At this distance, the heatwave is sufficient to cause melting of the upturned eyeball, 3rd degree burns to the skin, and ignition of furniture.
[the drapes and sofa catch fire inside
12 seconds later, the shock front arrives.
[ceiling caves in
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