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No Blade of Grass (1970)

When a deadly virus strikes London, John Custance takes his family to hoped-for safety in Scotland.

Director:

Cornel Wilde

Writers:

Sean Forestal (screenplay), Cornel Wilde (screenplay) (as Jefferson Pascal) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Davenport ... John Custance
Jean Wallace ... Ann Custance
John Hamill ... Roger Burnham
Lynne Frederick ... Mary Custance
Patrick Holt ... David Custance
Ruth Kettlewell Ruth Kettlewell ... Fat Woman
M.J. Matthews M.J. Matthews ... George
Michael Percival Michael Percival ... Police Constable
Tex Fuller Tex Fuller ... Mr. Beaseley
Simon Merrick Simon Merrick ... T.V. Interviewer (Fred Gray)
Anthony Sharp ... Sir Charles Brenner
George Coulouris ... Mr. Sturdevant
Anthony May Anthony May ... Pirrie
Wendy Richard ... Clara
Max Hartnell Max Hartnell ... Lieutenant
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Storyline

A strange new virus has appeared, which only attacks strains of grasses such as wheat and rice, and the world is descending into famine and chaos. Architect John Custance, along with his family and friends, is making his way from London to his brother's farm in Scotland, where hopefully, there will be food and safety for all of them. Along the way, they encounter hostile soldiers, biker gangs, and all manner of people who are all too willing to take advantage of travelers for a mouthful of food. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net> (edited by TrivWhiz)

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Taglines:

A virus of doom envelops earth! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Death of Grass See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Theodora Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Cornel Wilde in an interview on November 24, 1970, the reason why he did not cast any well-known actors in the film was because he wanted the feeling to be more of a "happening" rather than a movie. See more »

Quotes

Clara: Here, how long are we gonna be up there on this farm?
Pirrie: How the hell do I know? Why?
Clara: [sarcastically] Well, we're gonna have a smashin' time up there, aren't we?
Pirrie: You forget the smashin' time, just keep your legs crossed.
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Alternate Versions

To receive a 'AA' certificate the UK cinema release was heavily cut by the BBFC to remove scenes of sex and violence, which resulted in the running time being reduced by over 15 mins. For the 15 rated MGM video most of the cuts were restored although 1 min 20 secs were still cut from the rape scene. See more »

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References Panic in the Year Zero (1962) See more »

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Mediocre futuristic horror movie
3 April 2017 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

The ubiquitous success of the zombie horror genre is, I believe, not due to the zombies as much as the depiction of societal breakdown and collapse, and the struggles of modern man to survive in a once-again savage, primordial world. That struggle is the focus of this environmental catastrophe tale, co-written and directed by Cornel Wilde.

In a near-future UK, a family decides to leave London and head north when a spreading virus has decimated the worlds crops, leading to rampant starvation and outbreaks of anarchy. The family hopes to reach the safety and security of an uncle's secluded farm. Along the way they run into the usual apocalyptic obstacles: scarcity of supplies, violent hooligan teens, rape-gangs, motorcycle savages, seemingly normal townsfolk turned murderous in the face of privation. Can the family make it to safety with both mind and body intact?

Even making allowances for the film's age, this is pretty goofy. The acting is passable at best. The script has all of the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the cranium, with repeated scenes of pollution and nature despoiled. Wilde also made the poor decision to place several flashes of future events throughout the film, which only serves to spoil said events when they eventually occur in the progression of the story. The soundtrack features a corny theme song by Roger Whittaker and a lot of bad acid rock instrumentals.


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