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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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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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24 April 1990 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The names of Air Force Bases featured in this tele-movie's storyline include the Offutt Air Force Base, the Andrews Air Force Base, and the Fairchild Air Force Base. See more »

Goofs

The SAC Alert facility at Fairchild AFB, Washington is located at the end of the runway, adjacent to the flight line area, and is not surrounded by trees. See more »

Quotes

Moreau's Roommate: I missed you last night, so how was Hop-a-long Cassidy?
Moreau: He's starting to drive me crazy, you know? He's so in love with himself, I feel like I'm intruding.
Moreau's Roommate: Well he's a pilot, what else is new?
Moreau: That is bogus, I mean we're ALL pilots.
Moreau's Roommate: Yeah, but we're not men.
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References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

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.
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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