No Blade of Grass


No Blade of Grass (1970)




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A London family tries to move to the Scottish countryside in the wake of social chaos prompted by pollution. John (Nigel Davenport), his wife Ann (Jean Wallace) and their marriageable daughter Mary (Lynne Frederick) contend with street thugs, murderers and people fleeing deadly toxic clouds in an animalistic struggle for survival. The family is joined by a violent hippie (Anthony May) and his girlfriend Clara (Wendy Richard) as they try to leave before martial law and complete anarchy ensue.

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Nigel Davenport
as John Custance
Jean Wallace
as Ann Custance
Lynne Frederick
as Mary Custance
John Hamill
as Roger Burnham
Patrick Holt
as David Custance
Anthony May
as Andrew Pirrie
George Coulouris
as Mr. Sturdevant
Ruth Kettlewell
as Fat Woman
Michael Percival
as Police Constable
Tex Fuller
as Mr.Beaseley
Simon Merrick
as TV Interviewer
Anthony Sharp
as Sir Charles Brenner
Max Hartnell
as Lieutenant
John Lewis
as Corporal
Norman Atkyns
as Dr. Cassop
John Avison
as Yorkshire Sergeant
Cornel Wilde
as Narrator
Geoffrey Hooper
as Tweed Jacket
William Duffy
as Murdered Farmer
Mervyn Patrick
as Joe Ashton
Denise Mockler
as Emily Ashton
Allan Ross
as Alf Parsons
Karen Terry
as Parsons' Daughter
Joan Ward
as Mrs. Parsons
Brian Crabtree
as Joe Harris
Susan Sydney
as Liz Harris
Michael Landy
as Jess Arkwright
Louise Kay
as Susan Arkwright
Bruce Myers
as Bill Riggs
Margaret Chapman
as Prudence Riggs
Bridget Brice
as Jill Locke
Reg Staniford
as Mr.Blennit
Maureen Rutter
as Mrs. Blennit
Joanna Annin
as Joe's Wife
John Buckley
as Captain
Malcolm Toes
as Sergeant Major
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Critic Reviews for No Blade of Grass

All Critics (2)

A bleak, violent and humorless but provocative survival post-apocalyptic sc-fi film.

Jan 31, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Cornel Wilde's grim, fatalistic end-of-the-world thriller... is a forgotten dystopian classic of its time.

Feb 19, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for No Blade of Grass


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.

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