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Threads (1984)

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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.


Mick Jackson


Barry Hines (by)
2,161 ( 323)
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Meagher Karen Meagher ... Ruth Beckett
Reece Dinsdale ... Jimmy Kemp
David Brierly ... Mr. Kemp (as David Brierley)
Rita May Rita May ... Mrs. Kemp
Nicholas Lane Nicholas Lane ... Michael Kemp
Jane Hazlegrove ... Alison Kemp
Henry Moxon Henry Moxon ... Mr. Beckett
June Broughton June Broughton ... Mrs. Beckett
Sylvia Stoker Sylvia Stoker ... Granny Beckett
Harry Beety ... Mr. Sutton
Ruth Holden ... Mrs. Sutton
Ashley Barker ... Bob
Michael O'Hagan Michael O'Hagan ... Chief Supt. Hirst
Phil Rose Phil Rose ... Medical Officer
Steve Halliwell Steve Halliwell ... Information Officer


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 closest you'll ever want to come to nuclear war. See more »


Drama | Sci-Fi | War


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Did You Know?


In return for allowing Mike Jackson and Barry Hines to attend a training course for reconstruction after a nuclear attack, they agreed to show the film to Home Office officials in advance of broadcast. The officials criticised the film as exaggerated and likely to cause panic. As Jackson had done extensive research before the film, he was able to defend its content. See more »


Mr Beckett, after 2 weeks in a cellar with no running water, still wears a clean shirt with ironing or packet fold marks on it and a spotless waistcoat with no dust. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: In an urban society, everything connects. Each person's needs are fed by the skills of many others. Our lives are woven together in a fabric. But the connections that make society strong also make it vulnerable.
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Alternate Versions

A new director-approved widescreen edition was released to UK Blu-ray in December 2018. See more »


Follows Q.E.D.: A Guide to Armageddon (1982) See more »


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Extremely graphic and disturbing nuclear drama
2 May 2006 | by djjimmyvespaSee all my reviews

Put simply, THREADS takes every disaster movie you've ever seen - even the huge budget offerings from Hollywood - and unceremoniously skewers them on a rusty skewer. Very few films have the ability to suck the life out of a viewer and leave them feeling drained and shaken in quite the same way that this does. The world may have moved on since 1984, but the central message of THREADS - that politicians have the power to pretty much destroy the whole world and wipe out life as we know it in a matter of minutes - remains horribly relevant. So, if you're looking for shocks and jolts, where to start? Burning cats, dead kids, dogs buried in rubble, incinerated babies, mutants, synchronised vomiting, hospital floors awash with excrement, blood and urine, point-blank shootings, stillbirths, characters we've come to know and care about starving to death or slowly dying before our eyes, extreme incompetence on the part of government-appointed officials, radioactive sheep...the list is endless. If you find the scene where the bomb is dropped on Sheffield city centre on a bustling weekday morning upsetting, then I strongly advise you to switch off, because the rest of the film is unremittingly bleak, nauseating and devoid of hope. It will give you nightmares for weeks. THREADS is not a film to be watched, it's a film to be endured, and if you feel you don't have the stomach for it, go with your first instinct and give it a very wide berth. It makes the so-called 'video nasties' look like a frivolous waste of time.

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Release Date:

23 September 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Buxton, Derbyshire, England, UK See more »


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GBP400,000 (estimated)
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