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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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Woolworths in Sheffield is shown being literally blown to pieces. See more »

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The "body" of Granny Beckett is still moving and breathing after the Becketts take her outside the shelter. See more »

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[as Jimmy & Bob are arguing with several men about selling wood, the air-raid siren begins to sound - a low, steady wail that continues to get louder]
Jimmy Kemp: Come on quick! Get DOWN!
[dives under the truck with Bob]
Jimmy Kemp: [Panic begins to break out in the square as people desperately try to find cover before the warheads hit]
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Possibly the grimmest movie ever made
23 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

I first saw "Threads" in high school, and saw it again recently as a grown adult. It does make a measure how old you are when viewing this movie; you take the actions on screen more seriously.

"Threads" plays like BBC documentary about a catastrophic nuclear war, interjecting live scenes with a bland monologue and various statistics, although one wonders what audience would be viewing this documentary.

Since it does play like a documentary, it feels no need to either overplay events or sugarcoat things for our sensibilities. There's no speeches or heroic actions, everything occurs as it happens, no matter how horrifying.

The gore is moderate (it was a TV movie after all) but is unsettling because it's taken to be real. Throughout you look for some hopeful thought to intrude, even comic relief, but "Threads" stares you down, making you watch the horror and woe to the bitter end. There is no hope or salvation, only despair.

It's worth seeing a movie like this as a reminder of the horrors of nuclear war; the threat of a mututal destruction by superpowers seems to be fast fading, but there's always the possibility of terrorists or new enemies.

"Threads" is to nuclear war what "Saving Private Ryan" is to war movies, a landmark film that delivers a strong political message without ever really mentioning it.


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