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By Dawn's Early Light (1990)

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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President
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Hooker
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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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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 »

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A cable is visible, attached to one of the crewman as he is sucked out of the B52. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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
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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