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Fail-Safe

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Dan O Dan O'Herlihy
Gen. Black
Walter Matthau Walter Matthau
Dr. Groeteschele
Frank Overton Frank Overton
Gen. Bogan
Edward Binns Edward Binns
Col. Grady
Fritz Weaver Fritz Weaver
Col. Cascio
Henry Fonda Henry Fonda
The President
William Hansen William Hansen
Secretary Swenson


Written by (View all)
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

9 years, 1 month ago at Jan 7 14:03
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*** This review contains spoilers ***Fail-Safe is largely overshadowed by Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove due to both movies 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. I much prefer Fail-Safe which I feel is a considerably more suspenseful film t... read more

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4 years, 9 months ago at May 12 14:52
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Kubrick y su Dr Strangelove le robaron pantalla a este buen Lumet, que enerva el argumento del fin nuclear con un presidente Fonda ( a ese siempre me lo creo) que desturye NY para salvar al mundo en pacto con su homólogo ruso. Eso vale...y Matthau impecablemente facho

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1 year, 8 months ago at Jul 6 6:28
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A stunning masterfully staged "huis-clos". To be seen imperatively in the light of the sad current context. It's almost frightening.
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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: 7 October 1964
UPC: 043396054240
Tags: Cold War (5), Drama (4), Thriller (3), Adventure (3), 1960s (3), Military (2), Thinking (2), Pilot (2), 1964 (2), Politics (1), Control (1), War (1), Usa (1), Computer (1), End Of The World (1), Time (1), Black & White (1), Russia (1), Nuclear War (1), Alaska (1)
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