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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.

Director:

Mick Jackson

Writer:

Barry Hines (by)
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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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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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Trivia

Director Mick Jackson didn't show any city officials in Sheffield who assisted in the making of the film a complete script. See more »

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Women in the post-apocalyptic future have perfectly shaped eyebrows including Ruth's daughter who was born after the nuclear holocaust and has never known civilization. See more »

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Narrator: [after showing graphic hospital casualties] By this time, without drugs, water or bandages, without electricity or medical support facilities. There is virtually no way a doctor can execute his skill as a source of help or comfort, he is little better equipped than the nearest survivor.
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Alternate Versions

The 1987 releases on VHS and Betamax replaced Chuck Berry's "Johnny B Goode" with a cover of the song, owing to licensing difficulties. See more »

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Featured in Stephen Thrower on Threads (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny B. Goode
Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by Chuck Berry
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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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23 September 1984 (UK) See more »

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Buxton, Derbyshire, England, UK See more »

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GBP400,000 (estimated)
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