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When the Wind Blows (1986)

A naive elderly British rural couple survive the initial onslaught of a nuclear war.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Hilda Bloggs (voice)
... Jim (voice)
Robin Houston ... Announcer (voice)
James Russell ... (voice)
David Dundas ... (voice)
Matt Irving ... (voice)
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With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II. Written by Andy Bogursky <bogursky@erols.com>

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...It's No Fairy Tale

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11 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Quando o Vento Sopra  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,597, 13 March 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,274
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The film was part of a 1980s cycle of films about nuclear warfare and the risks of nuclear energy which had started in 1979 with The China Syndrome (1979). The films included Silkwood (1983), Testament (1983), Threads (1984), WarGames (1983), The Day After (1983), The Atomic Cafe (1982), The Manhattan Project (1986), Whoops Apocalypse (1982), Special Bulletin (1983), Ground Zero (1987), Barefoot Gen (Hadashi no Gen (1983)), Rules of Engagement (1989), When the Wind Blows (1986), Letters from a Dead Man (Pisma myortvogo cheloveka (1986)), Memoirs of a Survivor (1981) and The Chain Reaction (1980). See more »

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At the beginning of the scene in which Jim and Hilda are bedridden, Hilda's feet are missing for a few frames as the camera pans across. See more »

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Announcer: We are now interrupting this broadcast for an official government announcement. An enemy missile attack has been launched against this country. It is estimated that the missles will arrive in approximately three minutes. Three minutes.
Jim: God almighty, Ducks! There's only three minutes to go!
Hilda: Oh dear! I'll just get the wash in.
Jim: Come back you stupid bitch, and get in the shelter!
Hilda: How dare you talk to me like that, James!
Jim: Shut up and get in!
Hilda: There's no need to forget your manners just because ...
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Crazy Credits

When the film opened in Denmark the voices were dubbed by Ghita Nørby and Ove Sprogøe. Simply awful. See more »

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Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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Folded Flags
Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Roger Waters and The Bleeding Heart Band
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Blimey, ducks - there's only three minutes to go....
3 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film is an amazing contrast: its extremely dark subject matter is totally belied by the beautifully-drawn backdrops and sweet cartoon style. As adult animations are so rare this style grabs you at once, and it is impossible not to be gripped. Anyone who doesn't remember the Cold War should note that the advice about the doors and painting the windows white was the true advice at the time. Where this film is so effective is its perfect charicatures of elderly folk determined to keep the British stiff upper lip, with no idea about nuclear weapons. My grandparents are exactly like this couple, I could see my nan also bringing in the washing during the four-minute warning. We never see the couple's son but his refusal to adhere to the government's "Protect & Survive" advice, singing the Tom Lehrer song down the phone to his father, is a far more realistic attitude towards what is about to happen. Living only 12 miles from London when I first saw this film I was inclined to agree with the son (and still do). Although the geopolitical map of the world is different now this is still an immensely valuable film as it shows what the risks were during the Cold War and is a chilling reminder that although the Cold War may be over, the weapons are still here. It could not be more different in presentation to the equally brilliant but far more horrifying Threads - but the message is the same.


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