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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.

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Mick Jackson

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Barry Hines (by)
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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 ... Mr. Sutton
Ruth Holden ... Mrs. Sutton
Ashley Barker ... Bob
Michael O'Hagan Michael O'Hagan ... Chief Supt. Hirst
Phil Rose Phil Rose ... Medical Officer
Steve Halliwell Steve Halliwell ... Information Officer
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Storyline

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 end of the world as we know it. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | War

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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:

GBP400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

All extras were chosen on the basis of height and age, and were all told to look 'miserable' and to wear ragged clothes. 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 »

Quotes

Mr. Kemp: [sitting on the toilet when everything becomes bright from a detonation] Bloody hell!
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Alternate Versions

Television Versions:
  • The version occasionally shown on BBC Documentary is quite heavily edited and is missing about 15 minutes of footage. (Spoilers Below!)
  • A brief scene showing Jimmy Kemp and his girlfriend watching a military convoy pass by through a steamy car window.
  • During the firestorm sequence a number of more graphic images are removed, such as fluid (blood?) bubbling up from rubble, shots of a cat suffocating, close-ups of a charred head, and a hand with burning fingers.
  • A sequence when we first see how badly Mrs Kemp has been burned, as she wimpers when Mr. Kemp tries to dab her wounds with a cloth.
  • Mr. Kemp going to get water for Mrs. Kemp, trying a destroyed sink first, then trying water running off some wood which he spits out.
  • Ruths' walk through devistated Sheffield, where she comes across a man playing with melted action figures, many burned and disfigured corpses and a lady cradling a dead baby.
  • Much of the scene at the hospital is missing, including the removal of glass from festering wounds from a child and a man having his leg amputated by saw without anesthetic.
  • The soldiers collecting the tins after they catch the killers of Mr. and Mrs. Beckett, including the line "I fucking hate prawn cocktail!"
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Johnny B. Goode
Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by Chuck Berry
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Extremely graphic and disturbing nuclear drama
2 May 2006 | by djjimmyvespaSee all my reviews

Put simply, THREADS takes every disaster movie you've ever seen - even the huge budget offerings from Hollywood - and unceremoniously skewers them on a rusty skewer. Very few films have the ability to suck the life out of a viewer and leave them feeling drained and shaken in quite the same way that this does. The world may have moved on since 1984, but the central message of THREADS - that politicians have the power to pretty much destroy the whole world and wipe out life as we know it in a matter of minutes - remains horribly relevant. So, if you're looking for shocks and jolts, where to start? Burning cats, dead kids, dogs buried in rubble, incinerated babies, mutants, synchronised vomiting, hospital floors awash with excrement, blood and urine, point-blank shootings, stillbirths, characters we've come to know and care about starving to death or slowly dying before our eyes, extreme incompetence on the part of government-appointed officials, radioactive sheep...the list is endless. If you find the scene where the bomb is dropped on Sheffield city centre on a bustling weekday morning upsetting, then I strongly advise you to switch off, because the rest of the film is unremittingly bleak, nauseating and devoid of hope. It will give you nightmares for weeks. THREADS is not a film to be watched, it's a film to be endured, and if you feel you don't have the stomach for it, go with your first instinct and give it a very wide berth. It makes the so-called 'video nasties' look like a frivolous waste of time.


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