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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.

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Mick Jackson

Writer:

Barry Hines (by)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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UK | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Threads See more »

Filming Locations:

Buxton, Derbyshire, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

GBP400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It was repeated on BBC One on 1 August 1985 as part of a week of programmes marking the fortieth anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which also saw the first television screening of The War Game (1966). See more »

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When the Kemp's next door neighbours are stopped in their car by police on their way to Lincolnshire, the father rolls up the window at the end of the shot but the camera and camera man are clearly visible in the reflection of the rolled up window. See more »

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Narrator: [during a showcase of a nuclear winter] Hanging in the atmosphere, the clouds of debris shut out the sun's heat and light. Across large areas of the Northern Hemisphere it starts to get dark, it starts to get cold. In the centers of large land masses like America or Russia, the temperature drop may be severe, as much as 25 degrees centigrade. Even in Britain, within days of the attack it could fall to freezing or below for long, dark periods.
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Alternate Versions

Television Versions:
  • The version occasionally shown on BBC Documentary is quite heavily edited and is missing about 15 minutes of footage. (Spoilers Below!)
  • A brief scene showing Jimmy Kemp and his girlfriend watching a military convoy pass by through a steamy car window.
  • During the firestorm sequence a number of more graphic images are removed, such as fluid (blood?) bubbling up from rubble, shots of a cat suffocating, close-ups of a charred head, and a hand with burning fingers.
  • A sequence when we first see how badly Mrs Kemp has been burned, as she wimpers when Mr. Kemp tries to dab her wounds with a cloth.
  • Mr. Kemp going to get water for Mrs. Kemp, trying a destroyed sink first, then trying water running off some wood which he spits out.
  • Ruths' walk through devistated Sheffield, where she comes across a man playing with melted action figures, many burned and disfigured corpses and a lady cradling a dead baby.
  • Much of the scene at the hospital is missing, including the removal of glass from festering wounds from a child and a man having his leg amputated by saw without anesthetic.
  • The soldiers collecting the tins after they catch the killers of Mr. and Mrs. Beckett, including the line "I fucking hate prawn cocktail!"
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Simply the most devastating film I've ever seen
7 November 2005 | by huladog55See all my reviews

Words can't describe how this movie affected me in 1985, but I'll try. I happened upon a presentation of "Threads" when I was about 11 years old. As a Navy family, we were stationed in Washington D.C. After viewing it, I was frightened to the point of vomiting. I had nightmares for weeks. The world was a very unstable place at the time with a Soviet government that seemed to change monthly.

The cast does an admirable job here. Dialog is kept to a damaging minimum. There is no soundtrack other than screams of misery and explosions. Very effective. While you can't compare a TV production, there is effective use of stock footage. The interspersed scientific facts regarding the aftermath punctuate the film brilliantly.

While other films about the same topic, like "The Day After" and Testament", were reasonably effective in their messages, I think they failed where "Threads" succeeded. In the aforementioned films, there's a glimmer of hope. In "Threads" there is no hope, only death, misery and dread.

I believe I saw "Threads" before the TV broadcast of "The Day After" because my reaction was one of slight indifference. After seeing Mick Jackson's and Barry Hines' work, "The Day After" is like a day at Disneyland. No film portrays the world on the brink and over the edge as effectively. Highly recommended.


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