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World War III (1982)

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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


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 reckon unit. A stalemate ensues while the possibility of World War III hangs in the balance. The danger escalates as the Russian leaders and the American President play a cat-and-mouse game. Written by Herman Seifer <>

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31 January 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

III Guerra mundial  »

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Director Boris Sagal was killed early in the production, in a helicopter accident in Oregon. See more »


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 »


Col. Alexander Vorashin: My orders are to take this base.
Col. Jake Caffey: My orders are to stop you.
Col. Alexander Vorashin: You have no chance. I appeal to you to surrender.
Col. Jake Caffey: Let me tell you something, Russian. That spot that you're standing on happens to be a part of the United States and my job is to defend it.
Col. Alexander Vorashin: I understand you. I am a soldier too.
Col. Jake Caffey: Is that all you have to say? "Surrender"?
Col. Alexander Vorashin: I no longer have the stomach to kill you.
Col. Jake Caffey: Why not? You've had plenty of stomach for it so far. You've killed innocent civilians, anybody who happened to be around. ...
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cold war thriller
9 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

WW III is a film about political brinksmanship in the face of nuclear war and a thriller about battling against overwhelming odds. The film is about a President who relies on a national guard unit low on ammo to battle russians sent into alaska to destroy the alaska pipeline. The russian premier also relies on his men in alaska as political bargaining chips as well. The film goes from political bargaining to gun battles in the arctic snow of alaska. WW 3 also deals with infighting within the soviet union as the two super powers hurtle towards a nuclear exchange. This film marks one of Rock Hudsons better film roles.

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