When the Wind Blows

Synopsis: With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II.
Director(s): Jimmy T. Murakami
Production: Kings Road Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min

So long, child

I'm on my way

And after all is done

After all is done

Don't be down

It's all in the past

Though you may be afraid

So long, child

It's awful dark

And I've never felt the sun

I dread to think of when

When the wind blows

When the wind blows

When the wind blows

When the wind blows

Life burns a savage wound

Angry and wrong

Trusting a twisted word

You'll run, run away

You'll take him home

You'll spit and taunt him

But they won't believe you

No matter what you say

So long, child

It's awful dark

I've never felt the sun

I dread to think of

when the wind blows

When the wind blows

When the wind blows

When the wind blows

- Hello, dear.

- Hello, love.

- Did you have a nice morning, dear?

- Oh, all right, thanks.

Rather uneventful.

My life isn't very

fast-moving or dynamic.

Well, you are retired, James.

You do seem a bit down, dear.

Yes, well... I've been reading the papers

in the public library all the morning.

Oh, those things! Full of rubbish.

I never look at them. Except the stars.

We must keep abreast of the

international situation, ducksie.

Decisions made by the powers

that be will get to us in the end.

Politics and sport,

that's all they're full of.

Could affect us all, the...

ultimate determent, an' that.

They say there may be a

pre-emptive strike, dear.

Oh, not another strike!

It's wicked! I'd have them all

locked up. Blessed communists!

Well, it all looks pretty umpty.

It's not that sort of strike, duck.

- Sausages or beefburgers, dear?

- Sausages, thanks.

It looks as if the balloon

could go up at any moment.

What balloon?

- Mashed or chips?

- Chips, thanks.

Oh, I don't know.

The balloon.

Or is it a maroon? I can't remember.

What are you talking about, James?

It looks as if there's

going to be a war, dear.

Yes, they say it might

break out at any time now.

Well, at least you won't be

called up, James. You're far too old.

Well, thank you, my beloved.

I'm still two years younger than you.

Well, if the worst

comes to the worst,

we'll just have to roll up

our sleeves, tighten our belts,

and put on our tin hats

till it's V-E Day again.

It won't be like

that this time, love.

I think this one is called

the "Big Bang Theory."

It's all worked out by

brilliant scientists.

Well, we survived the last one,

we can do it again.

It'll take more than a few

bombs to get me down.

Yes, yes, we... we must...

must look on the bright side, ducks.

- Better go over to Radio 4.

- I like Radio 2.

Radio 4 is better for the

international situation.

Good evening, this is Radio 4, with the

news at six o'clock this Thursday evening.

The Prime Minister, speaking a few

minutes ago in the House of Commons,

has warned that the international

situation is deteriorating rapidly,

and that war could break out at any

time in the next two or three days.


What's the matter, dear?

Have you burned yourself?

This is it, ducks! This is really it!

Another sausage, dear?

I shouldn't worry too much.

It'll probably all blow over.

- Three days! Blimey! Three days!

- Language, James! Language!

Crumbs! It's lucky I got more leaflets

from the public library only this morning.

Here we are, see?

"Protect And Survive" and...

"The Householder's Guide To Survival."

Now, this one should

be really authoritative.

It's printed by the County Council.

We'd better commence the construction

of a fallout shelter immediately.

We must do the correct thing.

There's treacle tart and custard

or cold bread and butter pudding.

- Treacle tart, please.

- Fallout?

- I thought they did that in the army.

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Raymond Briggs

Raymond Redvers Briggs, CBE (born 18 January 1934) is an English illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist and author who has achieved critical and popular success among adults and children. He is best known in Britain for his story The Snowman, a book without words whose cartoon adaptation is televised and whose musical adaptation is staged every Christmas.Briggs won the 1966 and 1973 Kate Greenaway Medals from the British Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject. For the 50th anniversary of the Medal (1955–2005), a panel named Father Christmas (1973) one of the top-ten winning works, which composed the ballot for a public election of the nation's favourite.For his contribution as a children's illustrator Briggs was a runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1984.He is a patron of the Association of Illustrators. more…

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