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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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Fail-Safe or Strangelove? That Is the Question

2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 7 14:03
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Fail-Safe is largely overshadowed by Dr. Strangelove, due to being released in the same year. Both films deal with the events leading up to a nuclear strike, although Fail-Safe takes a serious approach, as opposed to the comedic nature of Dr. Strangelove. Personally however I prefer Fail-Safe, which I feel is a considerably more suspense film than Dr. Strangelove is a funny film. Fail-Safe examine... read more
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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 if his pilots succeed in their deadly mission over Moscow.
Release date: 15 January 1965
UPC: 043396054240
Tags: Drama (4), 1960s (4), Cold War (4), Adventure (3), Thriller (3), 1964 (3), Usa (2), Thinking (2), Uniform (1), Political Leader (1), Nightmare (1), Radar (1), Nightmare Becomes Reality (1), Nuclear Power (1), Torero (1), Time (1), Flight (1), Telephone (1), Air Defence (1), Out Of Control (1)
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" Hal Schaefer wrote a score for the film but director Sidney Lumet decided to release it without any music. However a promotional single by The Hal Schaefer Quintet, "Fail Safe Parts 1 and 2" was released on the Colpix label."


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