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Threads (1984)

The effects of a nuclear holocaust on the working class city of Sheffield, England and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Meagher ... Ruth Beckett
... Jimmy Kemp
... Mr. Kemp (as David Brierley)
Rita May ... Mrs. Kemp
Nicholas Lane ... Michael Kemp
... Alison Kemp
Henry Moxon ... Mr. Beckett
June Broughton ... Mrs. Beckett
Sylvia Stoker ... Granny Beckett
... Clive Sutton
... Marjorie Sutton
... Bob
... Chief Supt. Hirst
... Medical Officer
Steve Halliwell ... Information Officer
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Documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England; and the eventual long running effects of nuclear war on civilization. Written by Leisha Sibley

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The end of the world as we know it. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | War

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23 September 1984 (UK)  »

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£400,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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While shooting the movie, the BBC got in trouble with local police when they detonated a large smoke bomb in order to simulate a nuclear explosion. Members of the public, who were not aware that a movie was being shot, panicked and thought that a real explosion had occurred. See more »

Goofs

Just after the policeman delivers the secret letter to Clive Sutton, he calls his secretary and starts to read off the names of the people he wants to see in his office. The piece of paper in the close-ups is different from the one we see in the long shot. See more »

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Mr. Kemp: Bloody hell!
[sitting on toilet when everything becomes bright cause of airburst detonation]
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Follows Q.E.D.: A Guide to Armageddon (1982) See more »

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Alpine Symphony
Written by Richard Strauss
[Opening bars of music for spider web and title is from beginning of Richard Strauss composition 'Alpine Symphony']
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Once again...
26 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I think it would be useless to repeat all that the other users have said about "Threads" since I cannot do better but agree with everything. This has to be THE most graphic representation of nuclear war. And I used to think "The Day After" was disturbing.

I was able to cope to the whole movie, but let's say it wasn't easy at all. I can still hear in my head the yells of the panicked citizens as the mushroom cloud rises in the distance when it hits Crewe... or see the bottles of milk... or the corpse (which bears a striking resemblance with E.T.!) burning in the firestorm... or see survivors keeping as gold what is taken nowadays as granted: supermarket plastic bags... and what they put inside is simply disgusting.

When I found out my local video store had a copy of this film, I rushed to get it, as I was impatient to see this movie I have heard so much about. The impatience to see the movie was rewarded by nothing more than a really bad aftertaste of radioactive fallout.

I liked the movie not for the quality of the actors, but for the overall realistic representation of the holocaust and for the great job done with a small budget. I give a thumbs up to that.


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