No Blade of Grass 1970 R CC

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(14) IMDb 6.1/10

After an environmental catastrophe plunges the world into savagery, one family learns just how far it is willing to go in order to survive.

Starring:
Nigel Davenport, Jean Wallace
Runtime:
1 hour 38 minutes

No Blade of Grass

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Drama
Director Cornel Wilde
Starring Nigel Davenport, Jean Wallace
Supporting actors John Hamill, Lynne Frederick, Patrick Holt, Ruth Kettlewell, M.J. Matthews, Michael Percival, Tex Fuller, Simon Merrick, Anthony Sharp, George Coulouris, Anthony May, Wendy Richard, Max Hartnell, John Lewis, Norman Atkyns, Nigel Rathbone, Christopher Lofthouse, John Avison
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Low budget but true to book in story content.
John Brookshire
It follows one family (including lovely Lynn Frederick from Vampire Circus) as they attempt to get out of the city to the safety of a family member's farm.
Joe Smart
I recently reread the novel and watched the movie: both are still good.
Dwight Logan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Callahan on January 20, 2012
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I've been waiting for years to see this, as a fan of obscure genre films. The message is ham-fisted (as with Silent Running and Soylent Green), the look is very 1970, and some odd soundtrack choices were made, but it's a bleak film about the collapse of civilization. It can be viewed as exploitation, except that I find the story's premise completely plausible, and the violence gives depth to the plot and characters. With the notable exception of the scene with the biker gang, "No Blade of Grass" is closer in spirit to "The Road" rather than "The Road Warrior."

I've read that this is part of a "survival" trilogy in director Cornel Wilde's work, the other films being The Naked Prey (The Criterion Collection) and Beach Red. In a technical sense, "No Blade of Grass" isn't the same quality as "The Naked Prey," but Cornel Wilde is certainly a film maker with a strong message who can deliver it in a brisk plot. Cast members Lynn Frederick and Nigel Davenport would reunite in 1974 for another serious (and also underrated) science-fiction film, Phase IV.

The DVD itself has no chapter stops or extras, but the presentation is letter boxed and the source print is good. A trailer can be found on 42nd Street Forever Vol. 4.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gary Vidmar on January 11, 2012
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Cornel Wilde directs a sleazy, apocalyptic road movie with heavyhanded ineptitude, but it's hard not to enjoy for it's casual violence and campy exploitation value. You'll thrill to: yummy buffets during televised footage of starving babies; cheating wives getting shot and wholesome ones being raped; practical fratricide; and, of course, reality-tv childbirth. 70's drive-in fare par excellance!
The dvd print is exceptional for a rarely-screened film from 1970.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Karen Rigsbey on March 24, 2014
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Cornell Wilde's "No Blade of Grass" is a supposed adaptation of the Samuel Youd novel (which I have not read, yet) about a post-apocalyptic world in which grass is dead, and everything else that is living soon starts following the lead of the earth's green...this is a dark, impressionistic, somewhat bizarre movie. It has some nostalgic value to it, but the back cover of the DVD makes it sound like the picture will show a real bloodbath, when, in fact, the violent scenes are rather tame here. Wilde uses a "flash forward" style of cutting that seems to telegraph the tragedies that lie ahead, but this England-based thriller is more dense, dialogue-driven, and steadily paced than I thought it would be simply from observing the cover of the DVD. Wilde's other films that fit credibly into this trilogy of terror (the others being "The Naked Prey" and "Beach Red") are more action-driven than this title--there is plenty of gunplay and intense scenes, but they are rather light by our modern standards, and may not shock and revolt in the same way that they once did. However, you do get to see a live baby pulled from the bleeding and syrupy-looking "area" of a female on the operating table, and that right there is still pretty shocking to witness! Eeeck!
The Warner Archive DVD is distressingly bare-bones (again, sheesh), whereas an audio commentary would have made this a knockout (as the picture transfer is actually very good). I wonder what Youd (and the producers) thought about the finished film, but really a commentary track done by a British film historian would have been as valuable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Thomson on May 12, 2013
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Today British Science Fiction author John Christopher is best remembered for his juvenile Sci-Fi novels, notably The Tripods trilogy. But he was once one of the masters of British Sci-Fi apocalyptic novels and represented the missing link between John Wyndham and JG Ballard. The film, No Blade of Grass, is an adaptation of his novel The Death of Grass. The film, directed by Cornel Wilde is also a less sentimental British version of the American post-apocalyptic film Panic in Year Zero. With its ecological message, the film is still topical today. And its depiction of Britain's quick collapse into savagery as Nigel Davenport and his family make their way north to his brother's potato farm is very grim.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Brookshire on March 10, 2013
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Low budget but true to book in story content. A bit disturbing as a film but enjoyable as a thought process for survival.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Soldat1971 on March 4, 2013
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This movie was made in the early 1970's and has a bit of a departure from its contemporaries in that the end comes from ecological disaster rather than nuclear war. Certainly not the ONLY film to treat the genre this way but one of the few.
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This movie was way ahead of its time, considering how long ago it was made and what is going on in our world today. I saw it when it first came out and I never forgot the movie and its message. In our current age of genetically modified plants and viruses like Ebola spreading, it is truly a wake up call that this scenario is going to actually happen and it won't be just a movie.
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