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 »
Reviews
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The master sleuth hunts his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, who is planning the crime of the century.

Director: Alfred L. Werker
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino
The Sign of Four (TV Movie 1987)
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The disappearance of a young woman's father and a mysterious note years later after the strange regular annual delivery of valuable pearls to her puts Sherlock Holmes on the case.

Director: Peter Hammond
Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Robin Hunter
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

When latest heir to the Baskerville estate seems to be threatened by a family curse, only the master detective, Sherlock Holmes, can find out the truth.

Director: Brian Mills
Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Raymond Adamson
The Fifth Missile (TV Movie 1986)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The crew of a Trident submarine, on a training mission simulating an attack on Russia, is stricken by toxic poisoning. One of the poison's effects is to make its victims hallucinate, and ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Peerce
Stars: Robert Conrad, Sam Waterston, Richard Roundtree
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of copper beeches, a Greek interpreter, the Norwood builder, a resident patient, the red-headed league, and one final problem.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Rosalie Williams
WW 3 (TV Movie 2001)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Terrorists release a deadly biological-warfare virus in the United States.

Director: Robert Mandel
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Lane Smith, Marin Hinkle
Avalanche (1978)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

The vacationers at a winter wonderland struggle to survive after an avalanche of snow crashes into their ski resort. Their holiday then turns into a game of survival.

Director: Corey Allen
Stars: Rock Hudson, Mia Farrow, Robert Forster
The Vegas Strip War (TV Movie 1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Rock Hudson (in his last made-for-TV-movie role) plays Neil Chaine, a charming Las Vegas hotel/casino owner who tries to turn his decaying building into The Strip's top attraction to avenge... See full summary »

Director: George Englund
Stars: Rock Hudson, Sharon Stone, Madison Mason
The Devlin Connection (TV Series 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Brian Devlin was a military intelligence agent. Years ago he had an affair with a woman named Nicole Corsello. He was unaware that she was pregnant with his child. 28 years later, his son, ... See full summary »

Stars: Rock Hudson, Jack Scalia, Leigh Taylor-Young
Rage! (TV Movie 1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In an attempt to be rehabilitated, a rapist goes to therapy while in prison.

Director: William A. Graham
Stars: David Soul, James Whitmore, Caroline McWilliams
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An Amerian ambassador to Israel tries to bring peace to the Middle East, but his efforts are hampered when his wife has an affair with a PLO leader.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ellen Burstyn, Rock Hudson
WW III: World War III (TV Movie 1998)
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This mock documentary uses archival footage, interviews and reports taken out of context and staged interviews to highlight a possible escalation into a nuclear war. In this feature, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stone
Stars: Boris Sichkin, Christoph Gutknecht, Boris Leskin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Col. Jake Caffey
...
Secretary General Gorny
...
Maj. Kate Breckenridge
...
Col. Alexander Vorashin
...
Gen. Aleksey Rudenski
...
Dorothy Longworth
...
Richard Hickman
...
President Thomas McKenna
...
Adm. Vernon Blanchard
Frank Dent ...
Tim Hardy
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 January 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

III Guerra mundial  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

President Thomas McKenna: Oh yes, a birthday message to Secretary General Gorny. You know what I'd like to send that Soviet so-and-so?
Wayne Kimball: 25 megatons of candles right up his...
President Thomas McKenna: No, Wayne. 25 megatons of wheat.
Wayne Kimball: Wheat, sir?
President Thomas McKenna: He's behaved himself. No candles. I may get creamed in November but I'll be damned if I leave the next President a pile of ashes in lieu of a country.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Eccellent mini-series with David Soul,Brian Keith and Rock Hudson.
17 June 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A eccellent two part mini-series starring David Soul,Brian Keith and Rock Hudson about the Soviets trying to take control of the Alaskin pipeline to try and blackmail the U.S. . They send troops in to try and secure the pipeline and the U.S. responds to the threat by sending it's troops in and so a powderkeg confrontation occures which could start World War III,hence the title. The snow scenes are well done. It reminds me a bit of Ice Station Zebra which was about another Soviet-US confrontation. It is nice to see Brian Keith and Rock Hudson again and I hope that one day it will be released to DVD.


10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
world war 3 frank6kat
Ready for ambush... ispsales
The 'agreement' between Caffey and Vorashin at the end.. judithlaib2000
Write/Fax 20th Century Fox for a Complete DVD Release bs1996w
Official Release of World War III on DVD! owenmp
Question about difference in running times between VHS and DVD versions bs1996w
Discuss World War III (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?