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By Dawn's Early Light (1990)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  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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Colonel Fargo
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Tyler
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Hooker
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General Renning - 'Icarus'
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Looking Glass Colonel - 'Sam'
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Bascombe
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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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Trivia

The Emergency War Order code sent to launch the Strategic Air Command's long-range bombers depicted by the movie was "Alpha-Golf-Hotel-India-Delta" with an authentication time of "20:06:05 Zulu" and an authentication of "Sierra-Foxtrot." See more »

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During a scene aboard Air Force One, the clocks on the wall (supposed to depict the times of different major cities around the world) all show vastly different times. Time zones by and large only differ on the hour, the few half-hour zones including Delhi and Newfoundland, so the minute hands on the clocks should at least mostly all have been in the same position, with only the hour hands being on different positions. See more »

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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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Top notch nuclear thriller.
7 April 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

There have been many global nuclear war stories, and this is not the best, but I've always loved this film.

It's a combination of cast and perspective. Whereas most films have a single strong storyline, and maybe a couple of smaller sub plots, this film bypasses that usual structure, preferring instead to use 3 or 4 main plotlines, all moving forward, all converging on the same point. Good non-traditional approach managed by a great non-traditional director, Jack Shoulder (The Hidden).

And for a film that did not go to theatres, this one has a strong cast: Powers Booth teams with Rebecca DeMornay to fly the nuclear bomber. James Earl Jones and Jeffrey DeMunn battle Darren McGavin and Rip Torn as they try to overthrow our world during the ensuing panic. And Martin Landau as the Prez trying to keep it all together.

Nice story, good pace, strong finish. I like it.


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