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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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Director Boris Sagal was killed early in the production, in a helicopter accident in Oregon. 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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David Soul shines (again) in Cold War Epic
30 July 2008 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I agree with everyone else: a great TV-movie, with the always excellent David Soul, and I am SHOCKED that it never received a DVD release (or even VHS as far as I know, but I haven't checked eBay recently). At the time, circa 1982, with Reagan in the White House, and the following year's "The Day After" and ongoing anti-Nuke protests, the military conflict between the US & USSR was very relevant. Perhaps I should say extremely relevant: my generation's Cuban Missile Crisis. I am always amazed when I talk with someone under-30, who says "Reagan? Cold War? Huh???". I had friends who literally lived in a hole in the ground part of the year, with their bottled water and dried food stash. A bit crazy even for the day, but I was in the military reserve, and the mindset of the country, be you a pacifist or a warrior, was in agreement that the nuclear fireball was on it's way by warhead any day. Not to give any support to Bush #2, but in another 20 years we'll look back at the first decade of the 21st Century and tell our grandchildren about the Terrorist Attack(s), and they will have NO CLUE what we are talking about. This excellent TV-movie is a good reminder of those long years of living with the threat of nuclear war. I'm glad that it can be viewed now as an entertaining history lesson.


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