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Tom Montgomery
09-06-2014, 01:13 PM

I first saw this film when I was in my twenties. I borrowed the VHS tape from my local public library. IIRC a national charitable organization placed a VHS copy of this film in every public library in the U.S.A.

From Wikipedia:

Threads is a 1984 BAFTA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAFTA) award-winning British television drama (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_drama), produced jointly by the BBC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC), Nine Network (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Network) and Western-World Television Inc.Written by Barry Hines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Hines) and directed by Mick Jackson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Jackson_(film_director)), it is a docudrama (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Docudrama) account of nuclear war (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_warfare) and its effects on the city of Sheffield (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheffield) in northern England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_England).

Shot on a budget of 250,000–350,000,the film was notable in being the first of its kind to depict a nuclear winter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_winter). Certain reviewers have nominated Threads as the "film which comes closest to representing the full horror of nuclear war and its aftermath, as well as the catastrophic impact that the event would have on human culture". It has been compared to the earlier programme The War Game (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_Game) produced in Britain in the 1960s and its contemporary The Day After (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_After), a 1983 ABC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Broadcasting_Company) television film (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_film) depicting a similar scenario in the United States.

09-06-2014, 05:45 PM
The director of The War Game (Peter Watkins) also made the docudrama "Culloden".