The War Game (1965)

Rated NR 48 minutes 1966

Peter Watkins' The War Game, which was filmed in handheld documentary fashion, speculates on the aftereffects of a nuclear war. Some of the images are almost impossible to look at; they truly illustrate the theory that, in the wake of such a holocaust, the living will envy the dead. The most heartwrenching scene is the simplest. Asked what he wants to be when he grows up, a sullen young boy, physically unhurt but with obviously deep emotional scars, mutters I don't want to be nothin'. Filmed for BBC television, The War Game was rejected by that august concern as being too graphic. The 47-minute film was released to theaters, making it eligible for the Best Documentary Academy Award, which it won in 1966.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Peter Watkins

Writer: Peter Watkins

Cast: Michael Aspel and Peter Graham

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