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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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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The original Fail-Safe (1964) featured Phyllis Hill, who had been the second wife of José Ferrer. Ferrer's third wife was George Clooney's aunt, Rosemary Clooney. See more »

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The enlisted missile technical expert referred to as "Sergeant Collins" is listed in the credits as "SMSgt Collins". Air Force speak for "Senior Master Sergeant". He is in fact wearing the rank insignia of a "Chief Master Sergeant" which is one grade above Senior Master Sgt. See more »

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President: Are you married, Buck?
Buck: No, sir. Not yet. We've gone steady for a while, but we haven't set a date or anything. Is she in the government? State Department. She's a translator like me. Spanish, French and Italian. We met in translator school. When she gets mad she can curse in four languages.
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Live action is NOT a thing of the past anymore.
16 April 2000 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

I never thought I'd get into a live action drama like this, but I thought it was INCREDIBLE. The actors were superb and the storyline was gorgeously done. I was surprised that they were making live episodes of television shows, I didn't think anyone would be able to pull off a live 2-hour movie, but they did, and if it isn't nominated for several emmys, it will be a major crime.

Kudos to the whole cast and crew for the most amazing movie in a VERY long time.


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