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The War Game

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Original title
The War Game
Year
Running time
48 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Peter Watkins
Cinematography
Peter Bartlett, Peter Suschitzky (B&W)
Cast
Producer
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Genre
Documentary. War | Mockumentary. Nuclear Holocaust. Half-length Film
Synopsis / Plot
The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city. Although it won an Oscar for Best Documentary, it is fiction. It was intended as an hour-long program to air on BBC 1, but it was deemed too intense and violent to broadcast. It went to theatrical distribution as a feature film instead. Low-budget and shot on location, it strives for and achieves convincing and unflinching realism.
Awards
1966: Oscar: Best Documentary
1966: BAFTA: Best Short Film
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