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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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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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Drama | Thriller | Action

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Aos Primeiros Clarões da Aurora  »

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Trivia

The computer in NORAD is made up from components of an actual IBM AN/FSQ-7 Combat Direction Central, built in 1954 to protect the US from Soviet bomber attack. Components of decommissioned systems were sold for scrap and bought by film and television production companies that wanted futuristic-looking computers, despite the fact they were built in the 1950s. Components used in this film were previously used in The Time Tunnel (1966), The Towering Inferno (1974) and WarGames (1983), among many others, and later used in Fail Safe (2000). See more »

Goofs

The computer map of Central and Eastern Europe, as shown on the great display (ca. 7:55) has at least three errors. First, the central part of the map (including Poland, Czechoslovakia and Austria) is somewhat squished and out-of-proportions (most notably, it caused Warsaw to move significantly south from its actual position, and both Poland and Austria's borders are visibly different from their actual shapes). Second, and probably the most glaring error, is that according to that map, distance from Warsaw to Berlin and from Warsaw to Moscow is roughly the same; this locates Moscow somewhere in midwestern Belarus (!), as the distance from Warsaw to Moscow is at least 2.5 times bigger than from Warsaw to Berlin. A minor error is that Russian (now Ukrainian) city of Kharkov is misspelled as "Kharov". See more »

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[Alice has just refused an order from the acting president]
Sam: They'll shoot you for this general.
Alice: Sam, old friend, I should find such an angel of mercy.
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References Planet of the Apes (1968) 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
22 October 2000 | by (University of Texas) – See all my reviews

It's a shame that there are few movies that depict the procedures, tactics, and escalating stages of nuclear warfare in as much detail and accuracy as "By Dawn's Early Light." Adapted from the novel Trinity's Child, Jack Shoulder's "By Dawn's Early Light" hits all the right notes in portraying the professionalism, training, and courage of American nuclear forces. The film's numerous scenes, including the E-4 NEACP (National Emergency Airborne Command Post), RC-135 "Looking Glass" plane, and even the Strategic Air Command operations room are incredibly realistic and well-detailed. The numerous conflicting personalities depicted in the film also give it great texture, taking the film a step closer to reality. Cold War buffs and military fans are sure to get a kick out of this film, especially with its stunningly dramatic, hardcore finale. "By Dawn's Early Light" is proof that low budget constraints do not have to derail an entire film.


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