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Special Bulletin (1983)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  20 March 1983 (USA)
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A TV reporter and cameraman are taken hostage on a tugboat while covering a workers strike. The demands of the hostage-takers are to collect all the nuclear detonators in the Charleston, SC... See full summary »

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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Flanders ...
John Woodley
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Susan Myles
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Megan 'Meg' Barclay
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Steven Levitt
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Dr. Bruce Lyman
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Dr. David McKeeson
Rosalind Cash ...
Frieda Barton
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Jim Seaver
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Diane Silverman
Robert Kay ...
George Takashima
J. Wesley Huston ...
Bernard Frost
Frank Dent ...
Dr. Jason Halpern
Charles Lanyer ...
Merritt Cunningham
Mie Hunt ...
Ellen Stevens
Bruce Fields ...
Walter S. Letteau
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A TV reporter and cameraman are taken hostage on a tugboat while covering a workers strike. The demands of the hostage-takers are to collect all the nuclear detonators in the Charleston, SC area so they may be detonated at sea. They threaten to detonate a nuclear device of their own of their demand isnt met. Written by Keith Chang <changk@ucs.orst.edu>

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When this film was first broadcast, the network superimposed the word "dramatization" on the bottom of the screen every few minutes and ran disclaimers after every commercial break, to remind people it was only a movie. That didn't stop some people in Charleston, S.C. from panicking anyway. See more »

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Dr. Bruce Lyman: We have a demand: we want the detonating modules from every single nuclear warhead in the Charleston area, and there are 968 of them; we want them delivered to this dock by 4:30 tomorrow afternoon, so that we can take them out to sea and destroy them. This is known as unilateral disarmament, the first step on a long road with Charleston disarmed, the Soviet Union can take steps to do likewise with their westernmost installations, and we believe that this action, as radical as it is, can set in ...
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Opens with a commercial advertising shows for the fictional RBS network, followed by the title "Special Bulletin" as the commercial is interrupted. There are no opening credits, making this one of the first TV movies ever produced without some sort of opening credits. See more »

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S10 Review's Special Bulletin (1983)
9 September 2007 | by (The Void) – See all my reviews

Special Bulletin (1983) 5 of 5 Dir: Edward Zwick Stars: Ed Flanders, Christopher Allport, Mary Armstrong

A reporter and his cameraman are covering an impending dock workers strike when a vehicle roles up and a fire fight ensues. Next thing you know he is broadcasting live from a ship stating the demands of a group of terrorists who threaten to set off a nuclear device if they demands are not met.

This taunt and very well acted TV film grabs you from the beginning and won't let go. The film is told as live breaking news situation, 'Special Bulletin' benefits from excellent edition and a tight script. It will keep you on the edge of your seat up until the final fatal frame. The film seems even more deadly urgent now post 9/11. Highly recommended.


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