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When the Wind Blows (1986)

Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Drama | 11 March 1988 (USA)
A naive elderly British rural couple survive the initial onslaught of a nuclear war.


Jimmy T. Murakami


Raymond Briggs (book), Raymond Briggs (script)
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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)


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. See more »


Animation | Comedy | Drama | War


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Did You Know?


This movie was part of a cycle of movies about nuclear war and the risks of nuclear energy. Other movies included: The China Syndrome (1979), 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 (1983), Rules of Engagement (1989), Dead Man's Letters (1986), Memoirs of a Survivor (1981), and The Chain Reaction (1980). See more »


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 »


Jim: It's bound to upset you a bit. The bomb, I mean.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

From the Castilian Spanish dubbing, Fernando Rey and Irene Guti√©rrez Caba were cast to be the voices of the main characters. See more »


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


Towers of Faith
Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Roger Waters and The Bleeding Heart Band
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Beautiful film with a strong message
1 March 2006 | by RedPixelSee all my reviews

I saw this film when i was about 13 and it had a huge impact on me. Everything comes together so well to produce a stunning overall effect. The animation is unique and uses many contrasting styles from soft, cartoony character design to harsh, powerful and sometimes disturbing imagery reminiscent of some of Gerald Scarfe's work in 'The Wall'. The soundtrack is also superb and subtely integrated into the storyline, using both instrumental and vocal tracks from David Bowie, Roger Waters and Genesis.

As you watch the film you are given a 'fly-on-the-wall' perspective of an elderly couple 'preparing' for a nuclear blast. Their innocence and naivety is moving whilst at the same time full of hope. They dutifully follow governmental leaflets firmly believing that the powers that be will never let them down. This viewpoint is harrowing for the viewer as we know that there is no real hope for either of them and yet still they carry on even after the blast, with a quiet dignity and bravery which is very endearing.

This is not a film with a happy ending and nor should it be. For this reason some may call it depressing but the media of film should not always be used to merely entertain.

There are few films out there that truly have the power to make an impact on us that will last the rest of our lives, thankfully When The Wind Blows is one of them. A daring and innovative movie which is so much more than just a cartoon.

It is also now available at last on DVD. I intend to order my copy very soon. Highly recommended.

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11 March 1988 (USA) See more »

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$3,597, 13 March 1988

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