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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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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

This is the second Cold War-based nuclear thriller to derive its title from the lyrics to the song "The Star Spangled Banner". The first was Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) starring Burt Lancaster. See more »

Goofs

Once the Secretary of the Interior boards the E-4 and assumes the duties of president, the plane should have been referred to thereafter as Air Force One, but at no point in the film is it ever referred to as anything but the E-4. (It is correct for Alice and his crew, however, to revert to calling it the E-4 once they learn the original president is still alive.) See more »

Quotes

Fargo: Hell, most Soviet bombers are so old they still use propellers. The Minnesota Air National Guard could probably knock them down.
Harpoon: Well, do you want to get on the phone and order them into the air, Colonel, because every transistor in Minnesota is BURNED OUT!
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References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

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KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF
Written by Dan Baird
Performed by The Georgia Satellites
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Administered by BMI
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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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