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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 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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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

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Often referred to as Britain's answer to The Day After (1983). On the Special Edition commentary, Mike Jackson says that he considers abandoning work on Threads when he heard that there was another nuclear-war film but, on viewing the film, he decided that The Day After did not capture nuclear war well and that he could continue with Threads. See more »

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Despite having been born and grown up in the primitive post-war "society", Ruth's daughter Jane has a tooth filling. See more »

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Narrator: In an urban society, everything connects. Each person's needs are fed by the skills of many others. Our lives are woven together in a fabric. But the connections that make society strong also make it vulnerable.
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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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Referenced in Talking Dead: TEOTWAWKI (2017) See more »

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Johnny B. Goode
Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by Chuck Berry
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Never far from my thoughts...
6 July 2005 | by Chris2006See all my reviews

The first and only time I saw Threads was when it aired on PBS in 1985 or 1986, at 15 or 16 years old. It came near the end of my childhood obsession with world war III, in which I terrified myself to sleep many nights worrying about it.

Like no other movie Threads has, in the last 20 years, popped back in my thoughts on occasion. I remember many scenes vividly, and through the magic of IMDb, I've learned that some things that I thought I saw, but couldn't believe, actually did occur in the film. (I'm referring specifically to the "ET" scene that was mentioned in the message boards.) Having grown up in the strategic target city of Chicago, I thought: Okay, this is what I could expect if it does happen. I kept me awake into my 20's, when the cold war ended, and the threat was minimized.

There truly is no more frightening a movie ever made.


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