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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Custance
... Ann Custance
... Roger Burnham
... Mary Custance
... David Custance
Ruth Kettlewell ... Fat Woman
M.J. Matthews ... George
Michael Percival ... Police Constable
Tex Fuller ... Mr. Beaseley
Simon Merrick ... T.V. Interviewer (Fred Gray)
... Sir Charles Brenner
... Mr. Sturdevant
Anthony May ... Pirrie
... Clara
Max Hartnell ... Lieutenant
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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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A virus of doom envelops earth! See more »

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23 October 1970 (USA)  »

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The Death of Grass  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Being Lynne Frederick's first film, it was also her first time away from home. Frederick's mother, Iris, personally asked her daughters older co-star, Wendy Richard, to look over fifteen year old Lynne. In her autobiography, Richard recalled that watching over Lynne was an arduous experience due to Lynne's "headstrong personality". See more »

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Pirrie: Besides, the guilty don't deserve to die as quick as the innocent.
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19 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Good premise badly gone wrong

The idea of a virus making the world`s cereal crops sterile is a terrifying premise , especially given the present day debate on GM food, and in cinema terms is more relevant today than speculation on atomic war ( PANIC IN THE YEAR ZERO , THREADS , THE DAY AFTER ) or a second ice age ( ICE ). NO BLADE OF GRASS made me sit up and think due to its relevance , but as a piece of film making it`s very flawed.

First of all what are the flash forwards about ? Is someone trying to take out copyright on a new concept ? They don`t really spoil the film but they sure as hell don`t add anything to it. The title song is haunting but the incidental music borders on the obscene, sounding as if a bunch of hippy musicians have mainlined LSD and decided to attack their instruments.And there`s a completely disjointed feel to the film that makes It feel like most of the film ended up on the cutting room floor and we`re watching the bits that are only relevant to the plot. MGM did make cuts to the film for distribution so perhaps we can forgive Wilde for that.What he shouldn`t be forgiven for is including possibly the most tacky , exploitive rape scene in the history of cinema

But I don`t want to put anyone off seeing this film , it`s certainly thought provoking , even if it does at times feel like propaganda. I`d love to see a remake, as long as the producer knows the meaning of the word subtlety


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