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By Dawn's Early Light (1990)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Thriller | Action  -  19 May 1990 (USA)
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The crew of a nuclear bomber attack the Soviet Union while the President of the United States tries desperately to regain control of his military after his helicopter crashes during a ... See full summary »

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Moreau (as Rebecca DeMornay)
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Alice
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The crew of a nuclear bomber attack the Soviet Union while the President of the United States tries desperately to regain control of his military after his helicopter crashes during a limited nuclear exchange in this film with a scenario similar to Fail-Safe (1964) and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). Originally a made for cable movie, it concentrates on the relationship between a veteran pilot and his female co-pilot and the president's attempt to wrest control away from a war-mongering successor. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Four People. Three Minutes. Two Choices. One Chance For Survival.

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Aos Primeiros Clarões da Aurora  »

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James Earl Jones' character spends his entire time in the movie aboard a plane. This was also the case in Jones' first film, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). Both films were based around a nuclear confrontation between the US and USSR. See more »

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Moreau's blindness is never addressed again after her initial response, and she is shown flying the aircraft, reading charts, and doing other things without apparent handicap. (The type of flash to which she was exposed would have permanently blinded her in the one eye that was exposed to the light). See more »

Quotes

Moreau: I'm calling a cab.
Cassidy: Now that's just stupid.
Moreau: Why? You wouldn't want them to see you dropping me off, would you? It might violate PRP.
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References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »

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DON'T CALL HIM A COWBOY
Written by Debbie Hupp, Johnny MacRae and Bob Morrison
Performed by Conway Twitty
Courtesy Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products, Music City Music Inc.
(administered by EMI April Music Inc) and Southern Days Music (administered by CMI)
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Well done and scary
19 December 2000 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

An terrorist nuclear strike on a Russian target leads to a limited nuclear exchange between the superpowers while a gravely injured President attempts to stop both sides before going all out. Top notch production values capped off by excellent performances. "Welcome to Tomorrow."


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