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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
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Cast

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 ... Clive Sutton
Ruth Holden ... Marjorie Sutton
Ashley Barker ... Bob
Michael O'Hagan ... Chief Supt. Hirst
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 closest you'll ever want to come to nuclear war. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | War

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Country:

UK | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Threads See more »

Filming Locations:

Buxton, Derbyshire, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

£400,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the aftermath of the nuclear blast, footage of a cat supposedly "suffocating" outside in the extreme heat is shown. This is actually footage of a cat enjoying a hefty dose of catnip, then they just reversed the film to give the impression of the cat suffocating (the way the cat is rolling on the ground is the giveaway). See more »

Goofs

There is a scene in which rations are to be cut to just 500 calories in which one character swears at the loss of the food that he used to enjoy, yet the characters are clearly not underweight. See more »

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Narrator: It is 8:30 a.m. 3:30 in the morning in Washington. Over the past few days, neither the President nor his senior staff will have had more than a few hours rest. This is when they may be asleep. This is when Western response will be slowest.
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Alternate Versions

A new director-approved widescreen edition was released to UK Blu-ray in December 2018. See more »

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It hits you with both fists!
23 August 2001 | by BaroqueSee all my reviews

This is perhaps one of the most masochistic films ever made. You are taken into the personal world of two British families in Sheffield (site of a major NATO installation), who have children that are about to be married. Thousands of miles away, World War 3 slowly starts, and the ultimate horror happens. Thermonuclear war breaks out. The world, literally, grinds to a halt, in one of the most scientifically accurate depictions of nuclear war since "War Game, The" (1965). Unlike the US film "Day After, The" (1983) (TV), the film gives detailed information as to what is happening on a scientific basis. You are shown how a worst-case scenario can happen, and what the effects are, as you follow the surviving members of the two families through the aftermath. The scenes of death, destruction and disease are so realistic, I had to shower after seeing this film for the first time. But what is most disturbing is that the film includes the long-term effects of global thermonuclear war, going into weeks, months, years, even decades. The film ends thirteen years after the nuclear attack, and the final frames of the film will burn into you like no other film ever will. There can be no question that this film MUST be re-released in the USA on DVD, so that it's message will be heard and felt.


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