Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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Gen. Stark (as William Smitrovich)
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Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.

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The World on The Brink of Accidental War -- UNFOLDING LIVE!

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Drama | Thriller

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9 April 2000 (USA)  »

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Zona de seguridad  »

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Trivia

George Clooney wanted the show broadcast in black and white both for stylistic reasons (as it was set in the 1960s), and because live broadcasting produced garish color. See more »

Goofs

At one point near the beginning a banner behind Hank Azaria is seen for an event dated 1975, well after this is set. See more »

Quotes

President: Ground zero will be the Empire State Building. When we hear the shriek of Mr. Lentov's telephone melting, we will know that he is gone, and with him, New York.
Buck: [under his breath] Holy Mother of God...
Gordon Knapp: [in the war room] How can he do that?
Congressman Raskob: What else can he do? Five million people. This, Mr. Knapp, is where we've always been headed.
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Connections

Referenced in Revisiting 'Fail-Safe' (2000) See more »

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A look and feel different from any other TV production I have seen
10 April 2000 | by (Columbia, SC) – See all my reviews

I was totally blown away by this production. Despite the fact that the material has been filmed before, I felt like I was watching something totally new and original. This is due in no small part to the fact that director Stephen Frears and crew had the guts to do this as a live production AND film it in black and white. It made me feel like I was watching an old news broadcast. It also had a bit of a glossy look to it, sort of like the black and white films of the '30s and '40s. The performances are uniformly excellent, especially Richard Dreyfuss, Noah Wyle and Hank Azaria. There is no musical score, so you are either hearing dialogue and a few SFX or dead silence, which only adds to the eerie effect. The scary thing is that a scenario like this one could happen. If this is repeated or comes out on video, RUN to see it. You won't see another like it.


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