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When the Wind Blows (1986)

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

Director:

Jimmy T. Murakami

Writers:

Raymond Briggs (book), Raymond Briggs (script)
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A series of short animations by some of Japan's best animators comments to life in this collage of beautiful works of art.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peggy Ashcroft ... Hilda Bloggs (voice)
John Mills ... Jim (voice)
Robin Houston Robin Houston ... Announcer (voice)
James Russell James Russell ... (voice)
David Dundas David Dundas ... (voice)
Matt Irving Matt Irving ... (voice)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

...It's No Fairy Tale

Genres:

Animation | Comedy | Drama | War

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

At Entertainment [Japan]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quando o Vento Sopra See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,597, 13 March 1988

Gross USA:

$5,274
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Sir John Mills won their Oscars while appearing in Sir David Lean epics. See more »

Goofs

Jim needs glasses to read but doesn't wear them when reading the newspapers in the library at the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

Jim: [reading from pamphlet] During this period, reduced external stimuli may produce problems of group behavior.
Hilda: Oh yes, I see, Dear.
Jim: [reading from pamphlet] Steps to combat this may include the following: At intervals, stimulate group activities...
Hilda: Don't you dare start stimulating, James. I'm not in the mood.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, Morse code can be heard in the background. The code, when translated, means "MAD". MAD is an abbreviation for the term "Mutually Assured Destruction". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Father Christmas (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Folded Flags
Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Roger Waters and The Bleeding Heart Band
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gripping
4 October 1998 | by sczopekSee all my reviews

There was a time when your average animated movie had to be the rather nauseating Disney affair. Thank God, "When the wind blows" came and (sort of) put an end to it. It's a rather sad, emotional story about a nice couple of old persons in the middle of a nuclear war. Nothing melodramatic here, only sensitive parts of life in rather horrible situations... The animation is pretty good and rather original (that's another change). Overall it's a rather gripping movie. PS : the ending is absolutely brilliant.


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