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Old April 9 2013, 05:45 PM   #1
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Threads (BBC - 1984)

Ugh. I just saw this made for TV British film, which depicts a nuclear war on the UK - specifically the city of Sheffield. I've heard a lot about this film, often compared to 1983's The Day After, but this makes the latter look like an after school special. It was unreal just how grim this movie really is. The images have been in my head for the last few days and are really hard to shake.

Has anyone else seen it?
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Old April 9 2013, 05:52 PM   #2
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Yep, saw it when it was first broadcast. Grimmety grim grim.
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Old April 9 2013, 06:53 PM   #3
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Yup. Gave me nightmares.
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Old April 9 2013, 07:01 PM   #4
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I saw it not too long ago, and yes, it is indeed extremely haunting.
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Old April 9 2013, 07:22 PM   #5
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Though I haven't seen every movie on the subject, it's definitely the best nuclear war movie that I've watched. 1983's Special Bulletin is a close second.
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Old April 9 2013, 07:27 PM   #6
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Yep, I remember watching it as a boy at the time. Stark and vivid - not a film you forget quickly.
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Old April 9 2013, 07:30 PM   #7
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I do wonder if Threads does exaggerate the effects, somewhat. Could the effects of such an event be so bad even basic English is no longer spoken?

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Old April 9 2013, 07:44 PM   #8
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Hey, per Lerner and Loewe we Americans haven't spoken it in years.

Anyway, that's a dramatic choice rather than an exaggeration. To echo others, very stark and effective movie.
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Old April 9 2013, 08:08 PM   #9
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I do wonder if Threads does exaggerate the effects, somewhat. Could the effects of such an event be so bad even basic English is no longer spoken?
I'm not sure about the English (and I'll abstain from making jokes about the state of it in today's UK ) but given the scenario things would probably be even worse than they're depicted in the movie. A nuclear exchange between East and West would have probably resulted in dramatic changes to the global climate including a dramatic drop in average temperatures effectively killing of agriculture for years. Those are newer models, though. At the time the film was made, the effects and the longevity of nuclear winter were seen as less dramatic and pretty much the way they were depicted in the movie.
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Old April 9 2013, 08:28 PM   #10
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I saw it a few years ago. It's very grim, someone in my twitter stream decided to watch it in light of the stuff going on with North Korea. The next thing he tweeted was that he was now shitting himself.
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Old April 9 2013, 08:31 PM   #11
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I saw it not too long ago, and yes, it is indeed extremely haunting.
Same here. And grim indeed, in a verit, unsensational style. Thank god it never happened, hopefully never will.

ETA: only Grave Of The Fireflies and When The Wind Blows have come close to it, for me, in terms of pathos.
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Old April 9 2013, 09:12 PM   #12
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They showed it in my 9th grade poly sci class. And yeah, it was brutal.
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Old April 9 2013, 10:11 PM   #13
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THREADS is one of those few movies like THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST you'll likely only want to watch once. Amasov, if you saw TESTAMENT (which is grim yet strangely unplifting), how would you (or anybody else) compare it?
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Old April 9 2013, 10:16 PM   #14
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Sheffield, not the luckiest of English cities (see also The Last Train where it gets demolished by an asteroid!)

I haven't seen Threads since it aired, and yes, The Day After was quite twee by comparison!
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Old April 9 2013, 10:37 PM   #15
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THREADS is one of those few movies like THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST you'll likely only want to watch once. Amasov, if you saw TESTAMENT (which is grim yet strangely unplifting), how would you (or anybody else) compare it?
I've seen Testament. That one was pretty brutal too. Threads is done much more in the style of a documentary where the war itself and its aftermath take center stage. Testament is more about how it effects a mother and her struggle to be brave for her surviving family. It's much more personal than Threads.

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