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World War III (1982)

Soviet paratroopers drop into Alaska to sabotage the oil pipeline in retaliation against a United States grain embargo. A skirmish occurs at a pumping station, lightly defended by Col. Jake... See full summary »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Col. Jake Caffey
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Secretary General Gorny
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Maj. Kate Breckenridge
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Col. Alexander Vorashin
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Gen. Aleksey Rudenski
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Dorothy Longworth
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Richard Hickman
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President Thomas McKenna
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Adm. Vernon Blanchard
Frank Dent ...
Tim Hardy
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Maj. George Devery
John Lehne ...
Brig. Gen. Gard Roberts
Marcus K. Mukai ...
Sgt. Johnny Parson (as Marcus Mukai)
William Traylor ...
Maj. Nicolai Saamaretz
Lee Wallace ...
Dr. Jules Farber
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Soviet paratroopers drop into Alaska to sabotage the oil pipeline in retaliation against a United States grain embargo. A skirmish occurs at a pumping station, lightly defended by Col. Jake Caffey and a National Guard recon unit. A stalemate ensues while the possibility of World War III hangs in the balance. The danger escalates as the Soviet Secretary-General and the American President play a cat-and-mouse game. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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31 January 1982 (USA)  »

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Weltkrieg III  »

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Brian Keith was cast as Soviet Premier Gorny because he spoke fluent Russian. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene where the 2 Air Force sergeants are watching the radar scope, they are wearing the blue name tapes on their fatigues with subdued stripes. They should have subdued name tapes on their uniforms and an Alaskan Air Command patch on the right shirt pocket. See more »

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President Thomas McKenna: We are looking at the possibility of a nuclear confrontation.
Col. Jake Caffey: But no one's going win a nuclear confrontation.
President Thomas McKenna: That has nothing to do with getting into one.
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Dated But Interesting
3 September 1999 | by (Morristown, NJ) – See all my reviews

Thankfully, this 1982 miniseries no longer has any contemporary relevance unless you're doing a study of Cold War era movies (I won't comment on the dated aspects of the political outlook, since I've done that with other movies like "2010" and "Dr. Strangelove"). I have to wonder though if the previous reviewer is confusing Brian Keith's performance in "Meteor" with this one, because that was the film where he spoke only Russian. In this one, it was just accented English.

Rock Hudson is credible as the president, though there's really not much to brag about from the rest of the cast. I do have to give the producers credit for their metaphorical depiction of the end. Gil Melle's music accompanying the images is probably the most frightening sounding I've ever heard in a TV score. It's much more eerily effective than the graphic attempts at realism in "The Day After" (and reminiscent of the ending of "Fail Safe").


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