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[[Performer~P116082~Peter Watkins~peterwatkins]]' The War Game, which was filmed in handheld documentary fashion, speculates on the aftereffects of a nuclear war. Some of the images are almost impossible to look at; they truly illustrate the theory that, in the wake of such a holocaust, the living will envy the dead. The most heartwrenching scene is the simplest. Asked what he wants to be when he grows up, a sullen young boy, physically unhurt but with obviously deep emotional scars, mutters "I don't want to be nothin'." Filmed for BBC television, The War Game was rejected by that august concern as being too graphic. The 47-minute film was released to theaters, making it eligible for the Best Documentary Academy Award, which it won in 1966. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 7, 1967

Awards

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Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Watkins Best Documentary Feature 1966 Winner

Cast

Dick Graham
as Narrator
Michael Aspel
as Narrator

Crew

Peter Watkins
Director
Peter Watkins
Producer
Peter Watkins
Screenwriter
Peter Suschitzky
Cinematographer
Michael Bradsell
Editor
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