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Countdown to Looking Glass (1984)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  14 October 1984 (USA)
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Looking Glass was the Strategic Air Command Airborne Command Post in the air 24/7 for over 40 years. It was aloft as a back up to the HQ SAC Command Post at Offutt AFB should it be rendered... 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
Faye Dance ...
Anne Gailmore
Don Dickinson ...
Unger
Micheal Donaghue ...
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Don Geller
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Looking Glass was the Strategic Air Command Airborne Command Post in the air 24/7 for over 40 years. It was aloft as a back up to the HQ SAC Command Post at Offutt AFB should it be rendered ineffective and inoperable...not just in case of nuclear war. Written by Jim Gilmore

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Dorian, broadcasting from Andrews AFB, states that she is in front of the aircraft, identified a short time later as the Looking Glass. Behind her, is actually a VC-137, better known as the aircraft used as "Air Force One" when the President is aboard. The EC-135 Looking Glass was a similar 707-type aircraft, but could be distinguished by its different paint scheme than Air Force One, and it also carried an aerial refueling boom, much like a KC-135 Stratotanker. See more »

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Gripping, fascinating, and a little frustrating
8 November 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Very uneven, but ultimately effective tale of the build up to a nuclear showdown between the US and USSR, told almost entirely by news reports, using real life commentators like Newt Gingrich, Eugene McCarthy and Eric Severied.

The problem is when the film 'breaks character' to get into the personal lives of Michael Murphy as a government official and Helen Shaver as a reporter. Not only do these (few) scenes feel clunky, melodramatic, and not well written, but they interrupt the whole style and flow of the film, without adding much.

Also, some of the 'news' interviews are frustratingly short – if you're going to go to the trouble to get such interesting real people to play along, why not give them time for more in depth thoughts?

Last, the 'War of the Worlds' type disclaimer at the top of the show isn't great, since it sort of gives away the ending.

But all that said, this is still mostly chilling, thought provoking stuff. Similar to, if not quite as effect as the great 'Special Bulletin'.


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