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Fail Safe (TV Movie 2000) Poster

(2000 TV Movie)

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The movie was performed on live television in black and white and required two sound stages on the Warner Brothers studio lot. Harvey Keitel had to run between the two stages for some of his scenes.
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Broadcast live on 9 April 2000.
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The first feature-length fictional show broadcast live on CBS in 39 years.
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The computer in the command center is made up from components of an actual IBM AN/FSQ-7 Combat Direction Central, built in 1954 to protect the US from Soviet bomber attack. It was the largest and heaviest computer system ever built, the full system weighing 6000 tons and taking up an entire floor of a bomb-proof blockhouse. Components of decommissioned systems were sold for scrap and bought by film and television production companies who wanted futuristic looking computers, despite the fact they were built in the 1950s. The components used in this film were previously used in 'The Time Tunnel (1966)', 'The Towering Inferno (1974)' and 'Independence Day (1996)' amongst many others.
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George Clooney's cousin Miguel Ferrer was cast to play Colonel Cascio, but was replaced by John Diehl.
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The big board depicting the bomber's position was designed to automatically compensate for the actors accidentally jumping ahead in the script.
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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.
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In the archive footage, the bombers (which are called "Vindicators" in the novel) are actually B-58 Hustler supersonic bombers.
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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.
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