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The War Game ()


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A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.

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Michael Aspel ...
Commentator
Peter Graham ...
Commentator
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Dave Baldwin ...
Schoolmaster / Interviewer (uncredited)
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Interviewee (uncredited)
Peter Watkins ...
Documentist (uncredited)

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Peter Watkins

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Peter Watkins ... ()

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Peter Watkins ... producer

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Peter Bartlett
Peter Suschitzky ... (uncredited)

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Michael Bradsell

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Vanessa Clarke

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Lilias Munro ... makeup artist

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Tony Cornell ... design
Anne Davey ... design

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Lou Hanks ... sound
Stan Morcom ... sound (as Stanley Morcom)
Derek Williams ... sound

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Derek Ware ... action sequences

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Peter Norton ... production assistant
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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

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Taglines BBC TV's film about a nuclear attack on Britain directed by Peter Watkins See more »
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Also Known As
  • After the Bomb (United Kingdom)
  • La bombe (France)
  • El juego de la guerra (Spain)
  • Háborús játék (Hungary)
  • Sotaleikki (Finland)
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Trivia 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 »
Goofs Light can be seen reflecting off a woman's "broken" teeth. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cold War (1998). See more »
Quotes Anglican Bishop: I believe in a system of necessary law and order. And I still believe in the war of the just.
Commentator: Within this car, a family is burning alive.
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