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The War Game

The Wednesday Play: The War Game

Directed by Peter Watkins
United Kingdom, 1966
Sci-Fi, Drama, War


The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city.

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The War Game Directed by Peter Watkins

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1966 | Winner: Special Prize

Academy Awards

1967 | Winner: Best Documentary, Features



Critics reviews

[Watkins’ masterpiece] is The War Game… In a series of ingeniously shot and edited sequences, Watkins shows a household ripped apart in the aftermath of a bomb blast, and then goes on to dramatize the slow decline of a small-town community trying to live without food, water, or medicine.
June 02, 2015
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As the USSR invades West Berlin and the rest of the world shudders at the thought of an uncontrollable nuclear conflict, the English population remains grievously ignorant. Docudrama pioneer Watkins grimly conceptualized this indifference through handheld camerawork and jostling, eerie background noise.
November 12, 2014
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