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No Blade of Grass (1970)

When a deadly virus strikes London, John Custance takes his family to hoped-for safety in Scotland.

Director:

Cornel Wilde

Writers:

Sean Forestal (screenplay), Cornel Wilde (screenplay) (as Jefferson Pascal) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Davenport ... John Custance
Jean Wallace ... Ann Custance
John Hamill ... Roger Burnham
Lynne Frederick ... Mary Custance
Patrick Holt ... David Custance
Ruth Kettlewell Ruth Kettlewell ... Fat Woman
M.J. Mathews M.J. Mathews ... George (as M.J. Matthews)
Michael Percival ... Police Constable
Tex Fuller Tex Fuller ... Mr. Beaseley
Simon Merrick Simon Merrick ... T.V. Interviewer (Fred Gray)
Anthony Sharp ... Sir Charles Brenner
George Coulouris ... Mr. Sturdevant
Anthony May ... Pirrie
Wendy Richard ... Clara
Max Hartnell Max Hartnell ... Lieutenant
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Storyline

A strange new virus has appeared, which only attacks strains of grasses such as wheat and rice, and the world is descending into famine and chaos. Architect John Custance, along with his family and friends, is making his way from London to his brother's farm in Scotland, where hopefully, there will be food and safety for all of them. Along the way, they encounter hostile soldiers, biker gangs, and all manner of people who are all too willing to take advantage of travelers for a mouthful of food. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net> (edited by TrivWhiz)

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Taglines:

A virus of doom envelops earth! No room to run! No place to hide! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Death of Grass See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Theodora Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The rape scene had nearly a minute and a half deleted from the final cut of the film before release and, to this day, remains lost or undiscovered. The reasoning for the heavy editing was because Lynne Frederick (who was one of the rape victims in the scene) was only 15 at the time and questions of the usage of a body double for Frederick remains a controversial question to this day. See more »

Quotes

Pirrie: Besides, the guilty don't deserve to die as quick as the innocent.
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Alternate Versions

To receive a 'AA' certificate the UK cinema release was heavily cut by the BBFC to remove scenes of sex and violence, which resulted in the running time being reduced by over 15 mins. For the 15 rated MGM video most of the cuts were restored although 1 min 20 secs were still cut from the rape scene. See more »

Connections

References Panic in Year Zero (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

No Blade Of Grass
By Cornel Wilde (as Louis Nelius), Mike Curb and Charles Carroll
Sung by Roger Whittaker
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Exodus in a new guise
25 July 2007 | by jjvignolSee all my reviews

What most people seem to have missed is the Exodus theme and the Moses figure of the main character. He leads people to a new promised land in the midst of chaos and plague. He is assisted by a Joshua character who does the organizational work and heads the military actions. The daughter's fiancé is the hesitant and uncertain Aaron. Somewhat confused overall and not as effective as it could have been. The flash forwards were distracting and set up an anticipation that detracted from the present scenes. It is difficult to see how the film was an argument for environmental causes. It would be better seen as a cautionary tale on the fragility of society. Given a socially disruptive situation people are often incapable of recognizing the need for social order and become, instead, survivalists. Social order is even more necessary when normality is undercut and crisis events threaten to overwhelm our institutions.


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