The War Game 1966

The War Game

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In this British documentary, a hypothetical Chinese invasion of South Vietnam triggers a new world war between East and West. In the town of Rochester, Kent, the anticipation of a nuclear attack leads to mass evacuations. When a stray missile actually explodes, the ensuing firestorm blinds all those who see it. It's not long before the fabric of society is ripped apart owing to radiation poisoning, a lack of infrastructure and rioting for food and other necessities.

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Critic Reviews for The War Game

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  • Apr 05, 2020
    Great, genuinely hard to watch, eminently memorable and absolutely no fun at all. But that's really important I think, so much media really tries to sort of paint this candy-coated filter over subjects like war, when in reality, war, especially nuclear war, is pretty fucked. There's nothing wrong with making those other movies, the ones where the heroes win the day and good guys triumph, those will never go away, nor should they, but every now and then, some hard truths need to be confronted too, and The War Game is very confronting.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2016
    Peter Watkin's "documentary" film is a horrifying look at the effects of what a Soviet nuclear attack would look like in the United Kingdom. It's a wonderful film that shows deep rooted concerns of people during the height of the Cold War.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2012
    "The War Game" gets its point across in less than an hour, which is sort of a remarkable achievement. It's meant to enlighten to those who view it rather than entertain them, and even though its overall impact has lessened with age, it still serves as a haunting public service announcement.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2012
    "The War Game" is an intense demonstration of what a nuclear attack on England would look like, extrapolating from the bombings of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Dresden to name a few. While this is decades ahead of similar movies like "Threads" and "The Day After," "The War Game" also feels dated, partially due to its predicting nuclear war by 1980 because of out of control nuclear proliferation which does remain a very real threat in this day and age. And unlike Peter Watkins' other docufictions, this does not really have a story, leading it to sound like little more than a polemic at times. On the one hand, the movie is concerned with preparations for nuclear war while it also ably demonstrates that there is really no way to conceivably prepare for one. In this confused way, Watkins points out how little the people of England at the time knew about nuclear weapons. But if I remember correctly from a biography of Bertrand Russell, there was already an anti-nuclear movement well under way by then.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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