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Fail-Safe
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Dan O

Dan O'Herlihy

General Black
Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau

Groeteschele
Frank Overton

Frank Overton

General Bogan
Edward Binns

Edward Binns

Colonel Grady
Fritz Weaver

Fritz Weaver

Colonel Cascio
Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda

The President
William Hansen

William Hansen

Secretary Swenson


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Walter Bernstein

Walter Bernstein

(screenplay)
Eugene Burdick

Eugene Burdick

(from the novel by)


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In a Nuclear War, Everyone Loses

1 year, 4 months ago at Mar 29 0:14
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Fail-Safe is largely overshadowed by Dr. Strangelove due to being released in the same year. Both films dealing with the events leading up to a nuclear strike, although Fail-Safe takes a much more serious approach as opposed to the comedic nature of Dr. Strangelove. Personally however I prefer Fail-Safe.

Fail-Safe examines in step by step detail what could potentially happen if a te... read more
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Description: When a military computer error deploys a squadron of SAC bombers to destroy Moscow, the American President (Fonda) tries to call them back. But their sophisticated fail-safe system prevents him from aborting the attack, so he must convince the Soviets not to retaliate. In desperation, the President offers to sacrifice an American city ... (more)
Release date: 15 January 1965
UPC: 043396054240
Cold War (4), Drama (4), 1960s (4), Usa (3), Adventure (3), Thriller (3), 1964 (2), Thinking (2), No Music (1), Control (1), Russia (1), Nuclear Weapon (1), Conference (1), Military (1), General (1), Deep Focus (1), Soviet Union (1), Doomsday (1), Nuclear Weapons (1), Bomber (1)
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TrekMedic commented on a review of Fail-Safe 1 year, 4 months ago
Like Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men, Fail-Safe is a film driven by heart pounding wordy exchanges. Absolutely. One of my all-time favorites!
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“Fail-Safe is largely overshadowed by Dr. Strangelove due to being released in the same year. Both films dealing with the events leading up to a nuclea”

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“Fail-Safe is largely overshadowed by Dr. Strangelove due to being released in the same year. Both films dealing with the events leading up to a nuclea”

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In a Nuclear War, Everyone Loses

“Fail-Safe is largely overshadowed by Dr. Strangelove due to being released in the same year. Both films dealing with the events leading up to a nuclear strike, although Fail-Safe takes a much more serious approach as opposed to the comedic nature of Dr. Strangelove. Personally however I prefer Fail-Safe.

Fail-Safe examines in step by step detail what could potentially happen if a technical mishap gave pilots on a bomber the order to drop a nuclear bomb, in this case, on the city of Moscow. The movie never explains what the technical mishaps was, but the rest of the film examine in precise detail the actions which would be carried out if such a thing was too happen, primarily trying to stop the bombers and convincing the Soviets that the oncoming attack is accidental. Like Sidney ” read more

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