Threads (1984)





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Originally produced by the BBC, Threads is a shattering speculative tale the onset of World War III, and the horrors of the post-apocalyptic society that struggles for survival. The film takes place in the ruins of Sheffield, a British working class town. Despite the fact that the world seems to be falling apart all around them, a young couple (Karen Meagher, Reece Meagher) intend to go ahead with their upcoming wedding. As the date draws near, however, simmering international tensions soon erupt into global thermonuclear war. In the devestation that follows, the apocalyptic erosion of society sends mankind hurtling back hundreds of years into an age where famine, strife, pestilence, and death wash over the land like an unrelenting flood of venomous bile. The central theme of the film seems to be that the adage "Life Goes On" just isn't good enough in a world doomed to a slow death by radiation. Without resorting to shock or sensationalism, this one makes The Day After and Testament look like kids' stuff. Though not picked up by any of the major American networks, Threads was widely distributed in the US through the auspices of cable mogul Ted Turner. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Television
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Critic Reviews for Threads

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July 5, 2008

[S]eared a black furrow across my soul as a teen that has never healed... it still plagues the dim recesses of my imagination.

Full Review… | August 6, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Threads

I believe I saw this on PBS in '84 shortly after it was made, and was left speechless. With its semi-documentary approach, the movie creates tension, fear, bleakness, and sorrow in a way that makes contemporary American films like The Day After and Testament seem like Sesame Street productions. Because it doesn't rely heavily on special effects or a soundtrack to cue you how to feel, it stands the test of time. By far the most powerful movie made about nuclear war, yet sadly probably the least known.

Greg McCarty
Greg McCarty

Crappy production value but the message is clear: nuclear war is devastating. See "The Day After" (1983) for a United States perspective.

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In this VERY graphic dramatisation of a city during the lead up to nuclear war and the following fall-out, we're shown that things would be completely horrible. Got to ask...did anyone think it would be sunshine, peaches and ice-cream all round?

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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