Documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and it's affect on the working class city of Sheffield, England; and the eventual long run affects of nuclear war on civilization.
Summary written by Leisha Sibley
It is the mid-1980's, during the Cold War. Ruth Beckett & Jimmy Kemp, residents of the town of Sheffield, England, are planning for their upcoming marriage and birth of their first child. Sheffield is home to a major R.A.F. base and has a major industrial base of steel, energy & chemical production. But the Soviet Union marches troops into Iran, in a plan to convert it to a Soviet satellite state. The United States, Great Britain, and other members of NATO and the U.N. angrily condemn the Soviet aggression and military activity in England starts to mount, especially at the nearby R.A.F. base. The families of Ruth & Jimmy go about their daily business, paying little attention to what is going on in Iran. One spring day, without warning, the Soviet Union attacks England with ICBMs - two of which hit Sheffield, annihilating most of the city and its inhabitants. But what is even more horrifying is the aftermath that follows - a world without public order, clean food, water, electricity, or the ability to produce any of them. Ruth struggles for more than 10 years just to stay alive in this horrible, barren, radioactive homeland...
Summary written by Derek O'Cain
THREADS...the story of global, thermonuclear war and its aftermath.
An unthinkable horror that has been put on film in one of the most powerful statements ever made.
Accurate. Scientifically factual. Shockingly realistic. This is drama like nothing ever before seen.
Threads. The fragile fiber that connects each and every man, woman and child of us.
Can you possibly imagine such devastating finality?
don't even try.
See it. Because the closest you ever want to come to atomic war is Threads.
Cast (in credits order)
Karen Meagher .... Ruth Beckett
Reece Dinsdale .... Jimmy Kemp
David Brierly .... Mr. Kemp
Rita May .... Mrs. Kemp
Nicholas Lane .... Michael Kemp
Jane Hazlegrove .... Alison Kemp
Henry Moxon .... Mr. Beckett
June Broughton .... Mrs. Beckett
Sylvia Stoker .... Granny Beckett
Harry Beety .... Clive Sutton
Ruth Holden .... Marjorie Sutton
Ashley Barker .... Bob
Michael O'Hagan .... Chief Supt. Hirst
Phil Rose .... Medical Officer
Steve Halliwell .... Information Officer
Brian Grellis .... Accomodation Officer
Peter Faulkner .... Transport Officer
Anthony Collin .... Food Officer
Michael Ely .... Scientific Advisor
Sharon Baylis .... Manpower Officer
David Stutt .... Works Oficer
Phil Askham .... Mr. Stothard
Anna Seymour .... Mrs. Stothard
Fiona Rook .... Carol Stothard
Christine Buckley .... Woman in Supermarket
Joe Belcher .... Shopkeeper
David Major .... Boy in Supermarket
Maggie Ford .... Peace Speaker
Mike Kay .... Trade Unionist
Richard Albrecht .... Officer at Food Depot
Ted Beyer .... Policeman
Dean Williamson .... Policeman
Joe Holmes .... Mr. Langley
Andy Fenn-Rodgers .... Patrol Officer
Graham Hill .... Soldier
Nigel Collins .... Soldier
Jerry Read .... Looter
Dennis Conlon .... Looter
Greta Dunn .... Woman at Hospital
Nat Jackley .... Old Man in Graveyard
John Livesey .... Street Trader
Victoria O'Keefe .... Jane
Lee Daley .... Spike
Marcus Lund .... Gaz
Lesley Judd .... Newscaster
Colin Ward-Lewis .... Newscaster
Paul Vaughan .... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Allen .... Public Information Film Announcer (uncredited)
Ed Bishop .... US President (voice) (uncredited)
Anne Sellors .... Woman who urinates herself (uncredited)
Runtime: 110 minutes
Country: UK / Australia / USA
Sound Mix: Mono
Awards: 4 wins & 3 nominations