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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 ...
Pentagon Spokesman
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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Several times when Don goes to Michael in the Persian Gulf and then straight back to Dorian in Washington, it is the same time of the day. See more »

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Well Done Docudrama Whose Message Is Still Relevant
4 April 2007 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie when I was in my late teens. Would love to see it again. At that time the Soviet Union was still the menacing enemy of the free world. We also were only a few years removed from the Iranian hostage taking at the US embassy in Tehran, and just months after the bombing of the US Marine Barracks in Beirut (carried out by Hezbollah who is supported by Iran as well as Syria) and some of us started to realize that we had a new enemy, Islamo-Fascists. Without giving away too many details, the movie would still play well today. Although this movie centers around a possible military conflict with the Soviets, most it is played out in the Persian Gulf, specifically the Strait of Hormuz. One can clearly replace the Soviets with the Iranians. If you watch this movie with that in mind you will not only be entertained, but you will feel as if you are watching events as they might just unfold in the years (or months) to come. The way the film is made, in docu-drama style, really makes it as if you are watching breaking events unfold on FOX/CNN or MSNBC. The late Scott Glenn is outstanding as is the rest of the cast. It may have been 20 years since I saw this movie, but it has always stayed fresh in my mind. You will definitely see how close to reality this movie may really be someday. Very well done.


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