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When the Wind Blows (1986)

A naive elderly British rural couple survive the initial onslaught of a nuclear war.

Director:

Jimmy T. Murakami

Writers:

Raymond Briggs (book), Raymond Briggs (script)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peggy Ashcroft ... Hilda Bloggs (voice)
John Mills ... Jim (voice)
Robin Houston Robin Houston ... Announcer (voice)
James Russell James Russell ... (voice)
David Dundas David Dundas ... (voice)
Matt Irving Matt Irving ... (voice)
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Storyline

With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II. Written by Andy Bogursky <bogursky@erols.com>

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Taglines:

...It's No Fairy Tale

Genres:

Animation | Comedy | Drama | War

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Details

Official Sites:

At Entertainment [Japan]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quando o Vento Sopra See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,597, 13 March 1988

Gross USA:

$5,274

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,274
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When this movie opened in Denmark, the voices of Hilda and Jim were re-dubbed by Ghita Nørby and Ove Sprogøe. See more »

Goofs

Jim needs glasses to read but doesn't wear them when reading the newspapers in the library at the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

Jim: I wonder if there's any radiation about.
Hilda: Well, I can't see anything.
Jim: Hurry up dear and get back in the Inner Core or Refuge. We'd better have an early night.
Hilda: Well if you can't see it and can't feel it, it can't be doing you any harm, can it?
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, Morse code can be heard in the background. The code, when translated, means "MAD". MAD is an abbreviation for the term "Mutually Assured Destruction". See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

The Shuffle
Written, Produced, Performed and Engineered by Paul Hardcastle
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It's very simple: they drop the big one - you die
10 February 2004 | by natarajSee all my reviews

There are very few films that attempt to realistically describe life after the bomb. If it is a Hollywood production, there has to be an optimistic ending - take "the day after" with a simple but uplifting message: some will die, there will be personal tragedy, yes - but we'll make it under the guidance of our government.

This film takes a different approach: the format (animated) and the setting (rural England) perfectly match the soothing government messages: build a shelter, keep some food and drink - you'll be alright.

But then the story is continued through to the (very painful) end: there is no more government, there is no more mailman, there is

no more you....


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