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5th Jun '16 10:44:02 PM SantosLHalper
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* MeatgrinderSurgery: With the hospitals being completely swamped by victims of the nuking, the destruction of the power grid meaning electricity is as nonexistent as the equipment, the doctors are as inept as other bystandering in treating wounds and burns and resort to [[NightmareFuel operating on still-conscious patients- including children.]]
8th Apr '16 7:47:30 AM Clare
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--->Ruth? Ruth! Work! Work! Work! Up!

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--->Ruth? Ruth! Work! Work! Work! Work. Work. Work. Up!
8th Apr '16 7:44:58 AM Clare
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** The shot of the woman with the charred baby inverts this trope. The woman in question isn't trying to rouse her baby, but it's clear that she's shell-shocked to the point where she doesn't realise the child is dead.

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** The shot of scene with the woman with and the charred baby inverts this trope. The woman in question isn't trying to rouse her baby, but it's clear that she's shell-shocked to the point where she doesn't realise the child is dead.



** The speech we hear from the post-war children is broken and uneducated; very little effort is spent on trying to educate the new generations. (A few children ''are'' seen watching dodgy recordings of ''[[EducationalShort Words and Pictures]]'' educational videos, and others are getting some sort of vocational training in clothing repair, but that's about as far as it seems to go). This is a doubly tragic occurrence, as the lack of education for future generations suggests that Earth will ''never'' be able to recover on any level. Considering these kids have almost certainly suffered brain damage from early childhood malnutrition, the picture becomes even bleaker. Not to mention all of the kids who likely suffered brain damage because of radiation doses received ''in utero''.
** The English we do hear consists of two boys asking Ruth's daughter for food by saying "Gi's it" over and over again, as well as Ruth's daughter crying out "Babby, coming!" as she goes into labour. The only grammatical English we see anyone trying to speak is a very aged-looking woman reciting the lines from ''Words and Pictures'' off by heart, and the nurse who delivers Jane's stillborn baby.

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** The speech we hear from the post-war children is broken and uneducated; very little effort is spent on trying to educate the new generations. (A few children ''are'' seen watching dodgy recordings of ''[[EducationalShort Words and Pictures]]'' educational videos, and others are getting some sort of vocational training in clothing repair, but that's about as far as it seems to go). This is a doubly tragic occurrence, as the lack of education for future generations suggests that Earth will ''never'' be able to recover on any level. Considering these kids have almost certainly suffered brain damage from early childhood malnutrition, the picture becomes even bleaker. Not to mention all of the kids (including Jane) who likely suffered brain damage because of radiation doses received ''in utero''.
** The English we do hear consists of Jane can barely string two boys asking Ruth's daughter for food by saying "Gi's it" over and over again, as well as Ruth's daughter crying out "Babby, coming!" as she goes into labour. The only grammatical English we see anyone trying words together when she's attempting to speak is a very aged-looking woman reciting to adults. Even with people her own age like Gaz and Spike, she has no real conversational skills; the lines from ''Words and Pictures'' off by heart, and three youngsters do exchange words, but they mostly consist of the nurse who delivers boys demanding a share of Jane's food (and more besides, since one of them is implied to be the father of Jane's stillborn baby.baby). Also, the post-war kids often repeat the same word or phrase over and over, as if they don't know any other way of getting their point across. This is first seen when Jane tries to rouse the dying Ruth:
--->Ruth? Ruth! Work! Work! Work! Up!
8th Apr '16 5:49:48 AM Clare
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When things start looking dangerous, the Kemps' next door neighbours (who consist of a couple, their young daughter and a small dog) try to flee to rural Lincolnshire, where the father's brother lives. Along the way, they become caught in a traffic jam which has been caused by a combination of people ignoring official advice to stay put and all major roads being closed to non-essential traffic. This is the last that is seen of them, so their fate is unknown. However, given the film's subject matter, it's not hard to guess.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When things start looking dangerous, As the crisis deepens, the Kemps' next door neighbours (who consist of a couple, their young daughter and a small dog) try to flee to rural Lincolnshire, where the father's brother lives. Along the way, they become caught in a traffic jam which has been caused by a combination of people ignoring official advice to stay put and all major roads being closed to non-essential traffic. This is the last that is seen of them, so their fate is unknown. However, given the film's subject matter, it's not hard to guess.guess.
* WorthlessYellowRocks: After the attack, money becomes worthless. Survivors conscripted to help with reconstruction are "paid" in food, which is "given as a reward for work or [[DeniedFoodAsPunishment withheld as punishment]]." Some bartering is also seen, an example being when Mr Kemp gives another man cigarettes in exchange for scotch.
6th Apr '16 7:07:57 AM Clare
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When things start looking dangerous, the Kemps' next door neighbours (who consist of a couple, their young daughter and a small dog) try to flee to rural Lincolnshire, where the father's brother lives. Along the way, they become caught in a traffic jam which has been caused by a combination of people ignoring official advice to stay put and all major roads being closed to non-essential traffic. This is the last that is seen of them, so their fate is unknown. However, given the film's subject matter, it's not hard to guess.
6th Apr '16 6:44:11 AM Clare
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* InfantImmortality: Averted. Multiple times. The picture above is just one example.



* PleaseWakeUp: Jane's [[YouNoTakeCandle limited vocabulary]] means she can only say, "Ruth...work...work...up" when trying to rouse her dead mother.

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* PleaseWakeUp: Jane's [[YouNoTakeCandle limited vocabulary]] means she can only say, "Ruth...work...work...up" when Zigzagged with Jane, who is seen trying to rouse her dead mother.dying mother. However, once Ruth has actually died, Jane, after shaking her one more time, quickly realises Ruth isn't going to get up and calmly walks away as though nothing has happened. It's unclear if Jane's apparent lack of grief is due to damage to the area of her brain which processes emotion, or the fact that she has seen death so often that it doesn't have any impact on her. Either way, the only belongings of Ruth's which Jane takes with her are things which have a practical use, a scarf and a hairbrush.
** The shot of the woman with the charred baby inverts this trope. The woman in question isn't trying to rouse her baby, but it's clear that she's shell-shocked to the point where she doesn't realise the child is dead.
30th Mar '16 7:51:27 AM Clare
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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Neither Alison (who's in her early teens) nor Michael (who's around eight to ten years old) seem aware of the seriousness of the situation. On the same morning the attack takes place, Alison responds to the news that school is cancelled with delight at missing a history test and Michael says of his family's woefully inadequate shelter:

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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Neither Alison (who's in her early teens) nor Michael (who's around eight to ten years old) seem aware of the seriousness of the situation. On the same morning the attack takes place, Alison responds to the news that school is cancelled with delight at the thought of missing a history test and Michael says of his family's woefully inadequate shelter:
30th Mar '16 7:50:21 AM Clare
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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Neither Alison (who's in her early teens) nor Michael (who's around eight to ten years old) seem aware of the seriousness of the situation. Alison responds to the news that school is cancelled with delight at missing a history test (which never takes place since this is the same morning the attack takes place) and Michael says of his family's woefully inadequate shelter:

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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Neither Alison (who's in her early teens) nor Michael (who's around eight to ten years old) seem aware of the seriousness of the situation. On the same morning the attack takes place, Alison responds to the news that school is cancelled with delight at missing a history test (which never takes place since this is the same morning the attack takes place) and Michael says of his family's woefully inadequate shelter:
30th Mar '16 7:48:41 AM Clare
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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Neither Alison (who's in her early teens) nor Michael (who's around eight to ten years old) seem aware of the seriousness of the situation. Alison responds to the news that school is cancelled with delight at missing a history test (which never takes place since this is the same morning the attack takes place) and Michael says of his family's woefully inadequate shelter:
--->We'll be able to sleep in it. [[InnocentInaccurate It'll be like going camping.]]



* CuteKitten: [[SubvertedTrope ...except that the kitty in question is shown writhing in agony as it suffocates/burns to death in the massive firestorm following the first bomb detonation.]][[note]] Barry Hines stated they got the cat to do that effect by just placing its owner near it on set, so it did that whole 'cat-rolling-on-back-affection-thing' cats do. Knowing this may make those shots narm.[[/note]]

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* CuteKitten: Ruth's tabby cat [[SubvertedTrope ...except that the kitty in question is shown writhing in agony as it suffocates/burns to death in the massive firestorm following the first bomb detonation.]][[note]] Barry Hines stated they got the cat to do that effect by just placing its owner near it on set, so it did that whole 'cat-rolling-on-back-affection-thing' cats do. Knowing this may make those shots narm.[[/note]]
17th Nov '15 9:23:23 PM Gideoncrawle
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* BritishAccents: Sheffield specifically.



* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: The film was set and released during the height of the Cold War. It's deliberately left unclear as to who launched the first attack (although narration stating that the Soviets make their attack "when it's around 2AM in Washington, when the President is asleep and Western response will be slowest" implies the Soviets may have launched first). Television announcements in the background state that the Soviets invaded Iran, and that this led to some sort of escalation from each side using tactical nuclear weapons on bases in the Middle-East to eventually a full-scale strategic nuclear exchange.



* CycleOfRevenge: The escalation scenario that leads to Armageddon in the first place. After a coup in Iran, the Soviet Union invades to gain a toehold in the Middle East. The Americans send in paratroopers and set a deadline for withdrawal, and when the Soviets don't back down they send bombers after their main staging base in Iran. The Soviets destroy most of the aircraft with a nuclear-tipped air defense missile. The Americans then destroy the base with a single battlefield nuke. In return the Soviets nuke the aircraft carrier ''Kitty Hawk'', the Americans blockade Cuba, [[SicklyGreenGlow and after that it gets kind of hazy...]]


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* SerialEscalation: The escalation scenario that leads to Armageddon in the first place. After a coup in Iran, the Soviet Union invades to gain a toehold in the Middle East. The Americans send in paratroopers and set a deadline for withdrawal, and when the Soviets don't back down they send bombers after their main staging base in Iran. The Soviets destroy most of the aircraft with a nuclear-tipped air defense missile. The Americans then destroy the base with a single battlefield nuke. In return the Soviets nuke the aircraft carrier ''Kitty Hawk'', the Americans blockade Cuba, [[SicklyGreenGlow and after that it gets kind of hazy...]]
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