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Countdown to Looking Glass (1984)

Docudrama uses fictional reports of a crisis in the Middle East, which leads to a nuclear confrontation between the US and the USSR. "Looking Glass" is the code word for the Strategic Air ... See full summary »

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Michael Boyle
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Bob Calhoun
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Dorian Waldorf
Patrick Watson ...
Don Tobin
Nancy Dickerson ...
Herself
Eric Sevareid ...
Himself
Matsu Anderson ...
Matsu Yamada
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins ...
Mrs. Langhorn
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Youth #1
Richard Comar ...
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Murray Cruchley ...
James Otis
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Anne Gailmore
Don Dickinson ...
Unger
Micheal Donaghue ...
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Don Geller
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Docudrama uses fictional reports of a crisis in the Middle East, which leads to a nuclear confrontation between the US and the USSR. "Looking Glass" is the code word for the Strategic Air Command's control plane which is to be used in the case of nuclear war. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is actually portrayed in this movie by the museum ship USS Yorktown (ex CV 10) moored in Charleston Harbor, Charleston SC. The T-2 Buckeye jet trainer which is being towed across the deck during one of Michael Boyle's (Scott Glenn) reports is one of the Yorktown Museum's exhibits. See more »

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Michael Boyle was supposedly broadcasting from the USS Nimitz, an operational, combat-capable aircraft carrier. However, a T-2 Buckeye trainer aircraft taxis past him, indicating that the broadcast was filmed from a training carrier. See more »

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Excellent TV Movie -- a solid "10"
27 December 2000 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

There were Threads, Day After, By Dawn's Early Light, plus more but I say this movie was the most believable nuclear war starting theory ever made. Never a dull moment in the movie and good acting throughout. A must have and see. A very scary movie - haunted me for days thereafter.


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