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This review is from: Threads [DVD]  (DVD)
I first saw this when I was 11 and it had me profoundly terrified of a nuclear holocaust for a good three years. Set in Sheffield in the early 1980s it is a docu-drama of the old school. It is dry and cold, an exemplary example of no-holds barred TV. Important strategic data is given on the screen of why Sheffield would be a target, and through the use of background radio and television news we are given a solid and all too believable scenario of a build-up to a nuclear exchange between Nato and the USSR.
The film follows three families and their preparation towards, experience of, and survival (or not) of the devastastion and aftermath. Considering this is television the special effects are utterly convincing and the actual attack itself horrific. The viewer then experiences the immediate and long-term aftermath and the effect that this has on the population of the UK.
Essential viewing for all CND types, and as a period piece of the nuclear paranoia of the Brezhnev era. This was a period when, in the playground, the hot topic was, "what would you do if the 3 minute warning went?". If Threads is what it would have been like, then anything but survival would have been the best solution.