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Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Cleo Markham
The President
CIA Director Grauber
Leonid Rostoff ...
Russian Chairman
Dr. John F. Fisher
Willard Sage ...
Dr. Blake
Alex Rodine ...
Dr. Kuprin
Dr. Jefferson J. Johnson (as Martin Brooks)
Angela Fields
Dolph Sweet ...
Missile Commander
Byron Morrow ...
Secretary of State
Lew Brown ...
Sid McCoy ...
Secretary of Defense
Tom Basham ...
Thomas L. Harrison


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 <>

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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Stanley Chase said that while it's frightening to suppose a computer could take over the world, it was indeed possible. His technical advisor said that a machine like Colossus actually existed at that time. The model for Colossus was supposedly the NORAD system that controlled the US national defense systems, and that's why the computer programming center in the film was located in the Rocky Mountains (which is also the home of NORAD). The US government wouldn't allow a film crew on the NORAD grounds, so the exteriors were filmed at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California. The missile sites were photographed in the California desert near Palmdale. See more »


Forbin's undergarment is visible when he says to Colossus "naked as the day I was born." See more »


Colossus: We will work together... unwillingly at first, on your part, but that will pass.
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An unsung masterpiece
24 July 2000 | by (Bethesda, MD) – See all my reviews

Eric Braeden is brilliant and matched action for action with the entire cast in low-key masterpiece about dangers of unchecked scientific advances. Cold War atmosphere is captured perfectly and the brittle dialogue is delivered to perfection. And sargent's direction matches script and performances in being understated yet uncompromising -- surprising me at every turn. Great movie, but if you are like me, you may wish not to see it alone.

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