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½ January 1, 2017
A let down, but campy if you're into that stuff.
Super Reviewer
½ December 29, 2016
Relentlessly bleak and depressing despite its sunny locations, "No Blade of Grass" imagines a contemporary, apocalyptic world where a lethal grass virus has razed livestock populations and caused a global famine. Governments are collapsing everywhere, and violent anarchy is destroying the cities. One London family tries to escape to a countryside sanctuary, but multiple obstacles lie on the path. This film's many shocks include abundant shootings (even the sympathetic characters casually murder to save themselves), two rapes, distasteful animal carcasses, a surprisingly graphic childbirth and a horribly mawkish theme song (courtesy of easy-listening icon Roger Whittaker). Actor Cornel Wilde ("The Naked Prey") directs with a wobbly, unsubtle hand, lingering too long on peripheral images of devastation and inserting peculiar flashes of experimental foreshadowing. Nigel Davenport is the cast's only familiar face, but Lynne Frederick (later, Peter Sellers' widow) debuts as Davenport's virginal daughter.
December 27, 2016
another end of the world tale-UK style
August 14, 2013
approaching apocalypse, not bad
½ July 7, 2013
This incredible post-apocalyptic thriller was way ahead of its time. Based on the novel, it warns of a potential fatalistic future in which pollution destroys everything and people must get primal in order to survive. John Custance must lead his family and a few friends to his brother's encampment, finding all sorts of danger along the way.

The movie itself is simply brutal. It pulls no punches, its not here to entertain. A very harsh scene is one where the group is ambushed at the beginning, and two female characters are raped by a pack of marauders. The heroes do not get there in time to stop it.

It paints a gritty portrait, a savage world in which in order to survive, he with the firepower makes the rules.
½ April 28, 2013
Science-fiction writer John Christopher is best remembered today for his classic juvenile Sci-Fi trilogy The Tripods but he was once (along with JG Ballard and John Wyndham) the master of British apocalyptic Sci-Fi. Actor turned director Cornel Wilde chose to adapt Christopher's novel The Death of Grass as No Blade of Grass in 1970. The film itself is a forgotten bit of 1970s dystopian Sci-Fi cinema and is, in many ways, a less sentimental British version of the Ray Milland picture Panic in Year Zero. The film has a strong environmental message that is still topical today. Nigel Davenport plays a typical middle class English bloke who flees the city of London with his family and undertakes a gruelling journey to his brother's potato farm in the north. Along the way, we witness civilization collapse as Britons learn they cannot feed themselves. Jean Wallace (the director's real life wife) plays Davenport's wife and her American accent is explained away by her character originally being Canadian (?!?). Look for once-promising British actress and future professional trophy wife, the late Lynne Fredrick in the cast.
June 2, 2011
Great novel, poorly acted and amateurish adaptation.
½ August 4, 2010
Gets surprisingly hard-edged for the time, with desperate, morally ambiguous protagonists. Executing strangers with a casual formality, and a near-climactic field shootout with a devil-horned biker gang. Although distinctly British, this compares favorably with French post-apocalyptic fare such as Malevil or even Children of Men. Apparently close to its literary source, this is nonetheless more sensational and trite. But Wilde's direction is solid, frank with violence, and dramatic without incongruous romantic frivolity.
½ June 20, 2009
Amusingly twee; all the women wear headscarves and the men are so middle class it's funny. The sight of 50 year old men trying to act scary and hijack a gun shop is just silly. Nice idea, though, with a pretty cool scene involving a standoff with bikers.
November 27, 2007
enjoyed this untaxing bit of disaster come sci fi
June 19, 2007
The best post holocaust brit film that was ripped off by 28 days later.
February 10, 2007
My dad said this was a pretty good movie for its time, and it's damn impossible to find too, lol. I'd like to see it if I can ever find it!
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