An American secret agent tries to stop the Soviets from launching an intercontinental missile at the mainland United States.

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Monica Davis ...
Tanya
John McKay ...
John Manston
Phillip St. George
Edward Czerniuk
Daniel Kern
Richard Downs
Herbert Flato
Ray Brewer
Janice Gilmain
Robert Reeh
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Truck Driver (as Arthur Metrano)
Jane Ross ...
Truck Driver's Wife
Marco Behar
Frank Patrinostrow
Milton Fuchs
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A cold-war propaganda film, released not too long after the launch of Sputnik, intended to rally public support for an anti-ballistic missile program. Based on the assumption that Sputnik is gathering intelligence for the Soviets, a spy is sent to Moscow to determine just how far along their missile program is. Surprise, surprise; Sputnik gave them all the data they need to build one nuclear missile, which is ready to launch against the U.S. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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From Another Continent ... Destruction!!! Panic!! ... before the Rocket Strikes!

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1958 (USA)  »

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One of the Russian soldiers is armed with an American Browning Automatic Rifle. The rest of the Russian soldiers are also incorrectly armed with bolt-action rifles, since the AK-47 had been adopted as the standard issue rifle six years prior to the events in the movie. See more »

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Tannah: Last month I became the mistress of the secretary of defense. When the pig gets drunk, he talks.
John Manston: What a setup!
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Buckle Up. This Is Going To Be A Rough Ride
13 July 2008 | by (Arroyo Grande, California) – See all my reviews

OK, this isn't bad on the order of say, Monster A-Go-Go, but it is still one crappy movie. The Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957 and pretty much freaked out all of America. This little chunk of dreck is one of the results of that paranoia. Cheaply made, poorly acted, and beyond forgiveness in its depiction of the cold war, this is one huge pile of wasted film.

The background music is too loud, when it's there, and doesn't match what's going on on-screen. There is a mindless narrator that pipes up every now and then and only makes the story more confusing. Totally random characters are thrown in for no reason I could fathom. Example: An air raid siren blares and people are seen rushing toward underground shelters. A blind man wanders slowly into frame and quietly says "Help me", and that's the last we see of him.

Add in a couple reels of stock footage, some horrible accents, extremely annoying sound effects, and animation that wouldn't have cut it in the '30's and you get the idea. A waste of time on all levels.


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