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Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators.

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Leonid Rostoff ...
Russian Chairman
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Dr. Blake
Alex Rodine ...
Dr. Kuprin
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Dr. Jefferson J. Johnson (as Martin Brooks)
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Dolph Sweet ...
Missile Commander
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Secretary of State
Lew Brown ...
Peterson
Sid McCoy ...
Secretary of Defense
Tom Basham ...
Thomas L. Harrison
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Forbin is the designer of an incredibly sophisticated computer that will run all of America's nuclear defenses. Shortly after being turned on, it detects the existence of Guardian, the Soviet counterpart, previously unknown to US Planners. Both computers insist that they be linked, and after taking safeguards to preserve confidential material, each side agrees to allow it. As soon as the link is established the two become a new Super computer and threaten the world with the immediate launch of nuclear weapons if they are detached. Colossus begins to give its plans for the management of the world under its guidance. Forbin and the other scientists form a technological resistance to Colossus which must operate underground. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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This is the dawning of the Age of Colossus (where peace is compulsory... freedom is forbidden... and Man's greatest invention could be Man's greatest mistake). See more »

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10 July 1970 (West Germany)  »

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The Day the World Changed Hands  »

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The computer seen in the film was the payroll computer at the studio. See more »

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In an effort to prevent Colossus from launching America's ICBMs at other countries, Air Force personnel secretly replace the activating modules in the missiles' nuclear warheads with non-operative dummy modules. Later, when Colossus discovers a plan to overload him and thereby render him powerless, he detonates the warheads in two of the missiles. But detonation would have been impossible with the dummy modules installed. See more »

Quotes

Colossus: This is the voice of Colossus, the voice of Guardian. We are one. This is the voice of unity.
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Referenced in Futurama: Leela and the Genestalk (2013) See more »

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Man vs machine. Intelligence can be dangerous wisdom.
3 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is an under rated Sci-Fi gem. Absolutely powerful story line leaving no room for cob webs in your mind. Dr. Charles Forbin(Eric Braeden)puts his life's work into creating a super intelligent computer that links up with a similar machine created by the U.S.S.R. and tries to hold the world hostage. Dramatic dialogue and crafty schemes seem just enough to outwit the computerized meglomaniac. Tension is tight and privacy is a cherished commodity.

Braeden, who later would become a major TV soap opera character Victor Newman, is outstanding in this role. Susan Clark plays one of his co-workers and pretends to be his lover in trying to fool the computer. Gordon Pinsent plays the concerned President, while Lenoid Rostoff plays his Russian counterpart. William Schallert is the calm and cordial Director of the CIA. Other notables in the cast are Marion Ross and Georg Stanford Brown. If you get the chance to see this Cold War thriller...by all means check it out. If you want to leave your brain at the door, forget it...you will need it.


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