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The War Game

War Game, The (1965) Movie Poster
UK  •    •  48m  •    •  Directed by: Peter Watkins.  •  Starring: Michael Aspel, Peter Graham, Dave Baldwin, Kathy Staff, Peter Watkins..
      The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city. Although it won an Oscar for Best Documentary, it is fiction. It was intended as an hour-long program to air on BBC 1, but it was deemed too intense and violent to broadcast. It went to theatrical distribution as a feature film instead. Low-budget and shot on location, it strives for and achieves convincing and unflinching realism.

Review:

Image from: War Game, The (1965)
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Image from: War Game, The (1965)
Image from: War Game, The (1965)
Image from: War Game, The (1965)
Image from: War Game, The (1965)
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Image from: War Game, The (1965)
Image from: War Game, The (1965)
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Films like this should never be forgotten, never put away. They remind us that no matter how parlous our current times seem, they weren't less dangerous then. In this era of suicide bombers it is too easy to forget it was that students marched out of their classrooms for air raid drills, when people built fallout shelters in their backyard, and the newspapers printed maps with the kill rates for distances from ground zero printed on them. The War Game is a strong reminder.

The film is quite simply a pseudo-documentary of a nuclear attack on England in the mid-1960s. It is doubly chilling for the matter-of-fact the narrative and the unflinching camera. Viewed today, in glorious black and white, it seems to be more a report of an actual event than the what-if film it was originally intended to be.


Review by Art Kaye (kayester) from the Internet Movie Database.