No Blade of Grass (film)

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No Blade of Grass
"No Blade of Grass".jpg
Directed by Cornel Wilde
Produced by Cornel Wilde
Written by Sean Forestal
Jefferson Pascal
Starring Nigel Davenport
Jean Wallace
Anthony May
Music by Burnell Whibley
Cinematography H.A.R. Thomson
Distributed by MGM
Release date
  • October 23, 1970 (1970-10-23) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States[1]
Language English

No Blade of Grass is a 1970 British-American apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Cornel Wilde and starring Nigel Davenport, Jean Wallace, and John Hamill. It is an adaptation of John Christopher's novel The Death of Grass (1956) and follows the survivors of a plague that has hit London in the not too distant future. When London is overwhelmed by food riots caused by a global famine, a man tries to lead his family to safety in Scotland.


For a more complete summary of the plot, see The Death of Grass, a 1956 novel by Samuel Youd (pen-name John Christopher). The film is based on this novel.

The novel portrays a realistic hypothesis of how quickly civilization would break down when faced with this kind of disaster. As such, the film features multiple images of dead animals and violence, including a rape scene. There is also footage of a live birth, a woman breastfeeding, and other nudity.


  • Nigel Davenport ... John Custance
  • Jean Wallace ... Ann Custance
  • John Hamill ... Roger Burnham
  • Lynne Frederick ... Mary Custance
  • Patrick Holt ... David Custance
  • Ruth Kettlewell ... Fat Woman
  • M.J. Matthews ... George
  • Michael Percival ... Police Constable
  • Tex Fuller ... Mr. Beaseley
  • Simon Merrick ... T.V. Interviewer
  • Anthony Sharp ... Sir Charles Brenner
  • George Coulouris ... Mr. Sturdevant
  • Anthony May ... Pirrie
  • Wendy Richard ... Clara
  • Max Hartnell ... Lieutenant
  • John Lewis ... Corporal
  • Norman Atkyns ... Dr. Cassop
  • Nigel Rathbone ... Davey
  • Christopher Lofthouse ... Spooks
  • John Avison ... Yorkshire Sergeant
  • Jimmy Winston ... 1st. Hun
  • Richard Penny ... 2nd. Hun
  • R.C. Driscoll ... 3rd. Hun
  • Geoffrey Hooper ... Tweed Jacket
  • Christopher Wilson ... Farmer
  • William Duffy ... Murdered Farmer
  • Mervyn Cumming ... Joe Ashton (as Mervyn Patrick)
  • Denise Mockler ... Emily Ashton
  • Ross Allan ... Alf Parsons
  • Karen Terry ... Parson's Daughter
  • Joan Ward ... Mrs. Parsons
  • Brian Crabtree ... Joe Harris
  • Susan Sydney ... Liz Harris
  • Michael Landy ... Jess Arkwright
  • Louise Kay ... Susan Arkwright
  • Bruce Myers ... Bill Riggs
  • Margaret Chapman ... Prudence Riggs

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "No Blade of Grass (1970)". BFI. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 

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