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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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Cassidy
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Moreau (as Rebecca DeMornay)
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Alice
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President
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Colonel Fargo
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Hooker
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General Renning - 'Icarus'
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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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The role in a nuclear war of the SAC mobile command post, or "Looking Glass" airplane was previously shown in the Cold-War drama The Day After (1983). See more »

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The exterior of the Looking Glass airplane is narrow body but the interior is clearly wide body. See more »

Quotes

Cassidy: You know it wouldn't do either of us any good if they knew I was poking the right hand man.
Moreau: Oh is THAT what you were doing?
Cassidy: Uh, what I mean is we function professionally first. Look, it violates PRP.
Moreau: You think nobody knows about us?
Cassidy: Yeah well, whatever. Look, it's best that we'll keep an official distance, that's all.
Moreau: The problem is your official distance starts the minute we get out of bed, I don't need that.
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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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Great Movie
9 August 2003 | by (Warrensburg MO, USA) – See all my reviews

A great movie about how war can get out of hand very quickly. The book the movie was derived from "Trinity's Child" is EXCELLENT. It is ironic that the President was played by Martin Landau and in the book, the president was watching "Mission Impossible" when SAC HQ calls him. As you know, Martin Landau starred in "Mission Impossible. Also, James Earl Jones plays an Air Force SAC General in this movie. He also played an Air Force Lieutentant on board a B-52 in "Dr. Strangelove".


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