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Threads

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United Kingdom, Australia, United States
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1984

1h 57m

Director Mick Jackson
Starring Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly, Rita May

Genre War, Drama, TV Movie, Horror

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A documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England. While it is primarily focused on two specific families, the film explores the eventual long run effects of nuclear war on civilization as a whole.

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Empire by

Horrifying, moving and powerful. Watch it by yourself, late at night and never sleep again. Not a good date movie.
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The New York Times by John J. O'Connor

Clearly, Threads is not a balanced discussion about the pros and cons of nuclear armaments. It is a candidly biased warning. And it is, as calculated, unsettlingly powerful. [12 Feb 1985, p.42]
100

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It wasn’t until I saw Threads that I found that something on screen could make me break out in a cold, shivering sweat and keep me in that condition for 20 minutes, followed by weeks of depression and anxiety.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Rick Groen

The British crew here, headed by writer Barry Hines and producer/director Mick Jackson, accomplish what would seem to be an impossible task: depicting the carnage without distancing the viewer, without once letting him retreat behind the safe wall of fictitious play. Formidable and foreboding, Threads leaves nothing to our imagination, and Nothingness to our conscience. [02 Mar 1985]
80

The A.V. Club by Sean O'Neal

Nuclear war is brutal, ugly, and piss-yourself terrifying, Threads argues. Why should its movie depiction be anything different?

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