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No Blade of Grass
     

No Blade of Grass

Director: Cornel Wilde,

Cast: Cornel Wilde, Nigel Davenport, Jean Wallace, Anthony May

 
Based on a best-selling novel by John Christopher, this combination horror-movie, cautionary tale warns against the dangers of pollution. The tale is set in a futuristic Britain that has been decimated by the sudden onset of a terrible plague caused by environmental damage. Most of the devastation occurs in London. One family flees to the sanctuary of a friend's farm.

Overview

Based on a best-selling novel by John Christopher, this combination horror-movie, cautionary tale warns against the dangers of pollution. The tale is set in a futuristic Britain that has been decimated by the sudden onset of a terrible plague caused by environmental damage. Most of the devastation occurs in London. One family flees to the sanctuary of a friend's farm. The journey is treacherous and the clan must fight insane biker gangs and deal with their own personal problems, but eventually, they make it to the farm. Unfortunately, though they were especially invited, the owner's ruthless brother refuses to let them enter and so the desperate head of the family leads a brutal attack.

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This apocalyptic drama from actor-turned-director Cornel Wilde is a powerful experience despite some flaws. The apocalyptic scenario works because it is compelling without ever lapsing into phony sentimentality and never cops out on the serious, dark sensibility that it establishes at the beginning. A few story developments seem rushed or glossed-over -- most notably the scenes involving the daughter's ultimate choice of boyfriend -- but the film is never at a loss for compelling incidents and maintains dramatic tension throughout. Wilde's aggressive style of direction fits this narrative, going for a fractured story-telling style that jumps back and forth in the midst of its main narrative. The flashbacks work well and are often orchestrated with devastating effect (the best is a sequence that intercuts two scenes of childbirth, one happy and the other tragic). Unfortunately, the flash-forwards give away too much story information upfront and 'spoil' a number of key plot developments. That said, Wilde's commitment to his material shines through and he does a fantastic job of conveying both the physical and psychological rigors of the protagonists' journey as they are forced to sacrifice their ideals for the sake of survival. Performances are also quite good throughout: Nigel Davenport affects a cool style as the ex-military man leader who plays his cards close to the vest while Jean Knight brings some warmth to the story as his caring wife and Anthony May adds enough ambiguity to his tough-guy character to keep him intriguingly unpredictable. To sum up, No Blade Of Grass is an intense, often brutal affair but it offers plenty to ponder for the science fiction fans who can handle its rough-and-tumble style.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2011
UPC:
0883316331941
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
6,674

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nigel Davenport John Custance
Jean Wallace Ann Custance
Anthony May Andrew Pirrie
John Hamill Roger Burnham
Lynne Frederick Mary Custance
Patrick Holt David Custance
Wendy Richard Clara
William Duffy Murdered Farmer
Bruce Myers Bill Riggs
Norman Atkyns Dr. Cassop
Bridget Brice Jill Locke
John Buckley Captain
George Coulouris Mr. Sturdevant
Tex Fuller Mr. Beaseley
Ruth Kettlewell Fat Woman
John Lewis Corporal
Christopher Neame Locke
Michael Percival Police Constable
Anthony Sharp Sir Charles Brenner
Cornel Wilde Narrator

Technical Credits
Cornel Wilde Director,Producer
Tony Armstrong Costumes/Costume Designer
George Blackler Makeup
Tony Armstrong Boutique Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Boyd-Perkins Editor
Charles Carroll Score Composer,Songwriter
Frank Clarke Editor
Sean Forestal Screenwriter
Louis Nelius Score Composer,Songwriter
Jefferson Pascal Screenwriter
Elliot Scott Art Director
Cyril Swern Sound/Sound Designer
H.A.R. Thomson Cinematographer
Burnell Whibley Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Terry Witherington Special Effects

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