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Writers (WGA):
Eugene Burdick (novel) and
Harvey Wheeler (novel) ...
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Release Date:
9 April 2000 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Walter Cronkite ... Himself - Host

Richard Dreyfuss ... President

Noah Wyle ... Buck

Brian Dennehy ... Gen. Bogan

Sam Elliott ... Congressman Raskob

James Cromwell ... Gordon Knapp

John Diehl ... Col. Cascio

Hank Azaria ... Prof. Groeteschele

Norman Lloyd ... Defense Secretary Swenson

Bill Smitrovich ... Gen. Stark (as William Smitrovich)

Don Cheadle ... Lt. Jimmy Pierce

George Clooney ... Col. Jack Grady

Harvey Keitel ... Brig. Gen. Warren Black

Doris Belack ... Mrs. Johnson

Grant Heslov ... Jimmy

Tommy Hinkley ... SM Sgt. Collins

Thom Mathews ... Billy Flynn

Cynthia Ettinger ... Betty Black

Will Rothhaar ... Tommy Grady

Rick Cramer

Gregory Sporleder

Joe Coyle
Alfred A. Buckles

Ilia Volok ... (voice)

Evgeniy Lazarev ... (voice) (as Eugene Lazarev)

John Philbin ... (voice)

Matt Adler ... (voice)

John Vargas ... (voice)

Chris Hendrie ... (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vanessa Elgrichi ... Col. Jack Grady's Daughter

Reiley McClendon ... Col. Jack Grady's Son
Johnny Bolton ... Maj. Lande (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Frears 
Writing credits
Eugene Burdick (novel) and
Harvey Wheeler (novel)

Walter Bernstein (teleplay)

Produced by
Walter Bernstein .... co-executive producer
George Clooney .... executive producer
Amy Minda Cohen .... coordinating producer
Tom Park .... producer
Harvey Wheeler .... co-executive producer
Eric J. Wilker .... associate producer
Pamela Oas Williams .... executive producer
Laura Ziskin .... executive producer
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo  (as John Alonzo)
Casting by
Barbara Miller 
Anthony Sepulveda 
Production Design by
Richard Hoover 
Art Direction by
Troy Sizemore 
Set Decoration by
Alice Baker 
Costume Design by
Molly Maginnis 
Makeup Department
Kim M. Ferry .... key hair stylist
Myke Michaels .... key makeup artist
Allen Payne .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wendy Acey .... associate director (as Wendy Charles Acey)
Tim Kettle .... associate director
Art Department
Yaniv Bashan .... set dresser
Pam Cartmel .... art department coordinator
Dianne Chadwick .... graphic designer
Barry Franenberg .... property master
A. Todd Holland .... set designer
Gregory S. Hooper .... set designer (as Greg Hooper)
Michael E. Johnson .... set dresser
Bobby Mara .... construction general foreman
John McElroy .... props
Charlie Montoya .... set dresser
Christopher Schultz .... set dresser
Dawn Swiderski .... set designer
Mark Vitale .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Peter Baird .... sound effects mixer
Ed Greene .... production audio mixer
Ed Greene .... sound
Hugh Healey .... production sound mixer (as Hugh Healy)
Larry Reed .... production sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Theodore Ashton .... camera operator
David Chameides .... Steadicam operator
David Chameides .... camera operator
Rocky Danielson .... camera operator
Julian de la Pena .... dimmer board operator
Sam Drummy .... camera operator
Dave Eastwood .... camera operator
Scott Fieldsteel .... assistant chief lighting technician
Thomas Geren .... camera operator
Hank Geving .... camera operator
Larry Heider .... camera operator
David Irete .... camera operator
Kim Killingsworth .... lighting designer
David Levisohn .... camera operator
John O'Brien .... video controller
Wayne Orr .... camera operator
Bill Philbin .... camera operator
Hector Ramirez .... camera operator
Chuck Reilly .... video controller
Dennis Turner .... camera operator
Kelly Waldman .... gaffer
Earl Woody .... lighting department
Easter Xua .... camera operator
Casting Department
Barbara Miller .... executive in charge of casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Javier Arrieta .... costumer
Nava R. Sadan .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Anne V. Coates .... editorial consultant
Other crew
William Bardelli .... associate director (as Will Bardelli)
Francesco Belfiore .... personal assistant: Harvey Keitel
Gilbert Beliso .... production assistant
Alfred A. Buckles .... military advisor
Steve Burgess .... stage manager
Neil Clark .... computer graphic artist
Richard Clark .... computer playback supervisor
Rupert Cole .... set production assistant
Gene Crowe .... technical director
Chris Kiley .... stage manager
Tami Kumin .... key set production assistant
Harve Levine .... stage manager
Scott Morgan .... production assistant
Dency Nelson .... stage manager
Paolo Paci .... production assistant
Martin Pasetta .... director: live broadcast (as Martin A. Pasetta Jr.)
Vince Poxon .... stage manager
Shannon Ratcliffe .... assistant: Mr. Clooney
Jason Roberts .... stage manager
Kris Sheets .... script supervisor
Allison L. Staak .... production coordinator
Ken Stein .... stage manager
Debbie Williams .... stage manager
Ethel Winant .... executive consultant
Justin Yungfleisch .... production coordinator
Marla Zack .... script coordinator
Troy Hartman .... stand-in: Mr. Clooney (uncredited)
Ante Novakovic .... assistant: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)
Denis O'Sullivan .... assistant: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)
Jon Sperry .... dialect coach (uncredited)

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86 min
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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 »
Factual errors: General Bogan is wearing the Air Force Good Conduct ribbon. It is clearly visible, 4th row from the top, center ribbon. Even if this impossibility was correct, it would not be in the order shown and in a row just beneath the high decoration of the silver star. It is of a much lower order of distinction and would belong in the bottom row of ribbons. This Air Force version ribbon was instituted in 1963 to replace the old red/white Army ribbon. It would have been impossible for him to have earned it as an enlisted airman since this film takes place about the same time it was instituted, therefore its display is improper.See more »

44 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
What's the problem?, 24 December 2000
Author: Kane III from UK

I just watched this on DVD. I'd already read some of the lukewarm comments by some here but bought it anyway - not having had the chance to see it on TV.

I simply can't fault it. It was well done in every department, it was just as tense as the original and just as well acted. Far from over the top scenery chewing, Dreyfuss's performance was on the money. What, he wasn't "statesman" enough? How many *real* presidents are?

Maybe it was the fact that most of the reviewers had to suffer the standard multitude of commercial breaks wrecking the tension, but viewed in one sitting on DVD, this thing packed a wallop.

And I'm not easily pleased.....

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