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  • An environmental catastrophe destroys civilization. Led by father John and mother Ann, the Custance clan sets out on a quest for safety in a savage world that may just end up turning them into the very thing they are fleeing.

  • No room to run. No place to hide. Maddened by fear they turn against each other. An environmental catastrophe destroys civilization. Thousands are starving. Millions are dead. Resources are used up, poisoned and polluted. Found among the survivors are the Custance clan. Led by father John (Nigel Davenport) and mother Ann (Cornel Wilde's spouse and frequent collaborator Jean Wallace), the Custance clan sets out on a quest for safety in a savage world that may just end up turning them into the very thing they are fleeing. Actor-turned-independent director Cornel Wilde created 8 unique films over the span of two decades. But nothing prepared the audiences of 1970 for the sights that awaited them in No Blade of Grass. Raw, uncompromising and violent -maybe too much so, as the film went largely unseen. Now available in a full, uncut edition, No Blade of Grass can at last be seen in all its grim, daring, gory glory.

  • 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.


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  • No room to run. No place to hide. Maddened by fear they turn against each other. An environmental catastrophe destroys civilization. Thousands are starving. Millions are dead. Resources are used up, poisoned and polluted. Found among the survivors are the Custance clan. Led by father John (Nigel Davenport) and mother Ann (Cornel Wilde's spouse and frequent collaborator Jean Wallace), the Custance clan sets out on a quest for safety in a savage world that may just end up turning them into the very thing they are fleeing.

    Environmental pollution turns a normally harmless virus into an uncontrollable plague that is deadly to crops, and famine spreads throughout Britain. Biochemist Roger Burnham convinces his friend John Custance that Custance and his family must leave London immediately. On the way to the well-stocked farm owned by Custance's brother, they stop to steal firearms from a supermarket. The shopkeeper tries to stop them, but hoodlum Andrew Pirrie, who with his wife, Clara, has joined the party, shoots the man, and the group escape. Later, Custance's party is attacked by a band of motorcyclists who steal their cars and supplies and rape Custance's wife, Ann, and their daughter Mary. When they finally camp for the night, Clara attempts to seduce John, but the outraged Pirrie shoots her. Continuing on foot the next morning, they join another escaping group and finally reach the farm. John's brother David is unwilling to permit such a large number of people on his farm, however, and John, unwilling to abandon the rest of the people, leads an attack on the farm. David and many others are killed; the Custances and other survivors take over the land, determined to live in peace.

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