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Countdown to Zero -- Countdown to Zero traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, leaving the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident.  The film makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament, an issue more topical than ever.
Countdown to Zero -- A documentary about the escalating nuclear arms race.


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30 July 2010 (USA) See more »
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A documentary about how the likelihood of nuclear weapons (or fissile materials) usage has increased due to the rise of terrorism and lack of safeguards and verification. | Add synopsis »
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Graham Allison ... Himself
James Baker III ... Himself
Bruce Blair ... Himself

Tony Blair ... Himself

Zbigniew Brzezinski ... Himself
Matthew Bunn ... Himself
Richard Burt ... Himself

Jimmy Carter ... Himself
Mike Chinoy ... Himself
Joseph Cirincione ... Himself
Richard Cizik ... Himself
Thomas D'Agostino ... Himself
F.W. de Klerk ... Himself
Pascal Fias ... Himself
Alexander Glaser ... Himself

Mikhail Gorbachev ... Himself
Ira Helfand ... Himself
Pervez Hoodbhoy ... Himself
R. Scott Kemp ... Himself

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Andrew Koch ... Himself
Jeffrey Lewis ... Himself

Robert McNamara ... Himself
Zia Mian ... Himself
Roger Molander ... Himself
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen ... Himself
Pervez Musharraf ... Himself

Gary Oldman ... Narrator
J. Robert Oppenheimer ... Himself (archive footage)

Valerie Plame Wilson ... Herself
Ahmed Rashid ... Himself

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Scott Sagan ... Himself
Lawrence Scott Sheets ... Himself
Frank von Hippel ... Himself

Directed by
Lucy Walker 
Writing credits
Lucy Walker (written by)

Produced by
Lawrence Bender .... producer
Bruce Blair .... executive producer
Nikki Boella .... field producer: Dubai
Matt Brown .... executive producer
Andrew C. Evans .... field producer: London
Abbie Hurewitz .... field producer: New York City
Brennan Rees .... associate producer
Lisa Remington .... co-producer
Jeff Skoll .... executive producer
Diane Weyermann .... executive producer
Marianna Yarovskaya .... field producer: Moscow
Jianbo Zhou .... field producer: Beijing
Original Music by
Peter Golub 
Cinematography by
Robert Chappell 
Gary Clarke 
Bryan Donnell 
Nick Higgins 
Film Editing by
Brad Fuller 
Brian Johnson 
Production Management
Mark Lipson .... post-production supervisor
Lisa Remington .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Jon Gold .... property master
Sound Department
Michael Boyle .... sound recordist
Harry Cohen .... supervising sound editor
Toby Cohen .... sound effects editor
Jim Gallup .... sound recordist
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Tony Lamberti .... sound re-recording mixer
Alexander Marshall .... sound recordist
Evan McIntosh .... sound recordist
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Dror Mohar .... supervising sound editor
Hashem Selph .... sound recordist
Branden Spencer .... first assistant sound editor
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Greg Townsend .... sound mixing recordist
Lucy Walker .... sound recordist
James Wright .... dolby sound consultant
David Young .... post sound engineer
Visual Effects by
Justin Acree .... visual effects designer
Sonny Angell .... animator
Gary Breslin .... digital artist
Gary Breslin .... visual effects designer
Brent Chesanek .... animator
Will Clark .... photo retoucher
Nicholas Fischer .... photo retoucher
Robin Greenwood .... animator
Steve Hardie .... additional graphics
Forrest Heidel .... visual effects supervisor
Denis Kozyrev .... matte painter
Lena Lee .... animator
Mike Milyavsky .... animator
Maria Catherine Sandoval .... visual effects producer
Hashem Selph .... additional graphics
Sean Patrick Sullivan .... animator
Ryota Suyama .... animator
Estefania Szprengiel .... animator
Mike Vicari .... lead animator
Emily Rose Wagner .... additional graphics
Wee Wan .... photo retoucher
Jinho Yu .... animator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Denault .... additional cinematographer
Sam Fuller .... additional cinematographer
Tom Kaufman .... additional cinematographer (as Thomas Kaufman)
Aaron Phillips .... additional cinematographer
Jonathan Schell .... additional cinematographer
Logan Schneider .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Oneika Austin .... assistant editor
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer
Lindsay Heller .... second assistant editor
Avo John Kambourian .... post-production assistant
Daniel Morfesis .... assistant editor
Kathryn West .... assistant editor
Sandi Williams .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Henriette Amiel .... music legal services
Matt Biffa .... music supervisor
Minjee Chung .... music preparation
Peter Golub .... orchestrator
Dave Holden .... music preparation
Scott Johnson .... music editor
Paul Katz .... music consultant
Philip Klein .... orchestrator
Thanh Tran .... music preparation
Other crew
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Steve Berman .... completion bond
Iram Parveen Bilal .... translator: Urdu
Victor Buhler .... consultant producer
Lisa Callif .... legal counsel
Kate Coe .... additional archival research
Joy Conley .... additional archival research
Shirin Dehghan .... post production assistant
Michael Donaldson .... legal counsel
Dani DuHadway .... assistant: Mr. Bender
Louise Eckersley .... production coordinator
Tchavdar Georgiev .... additional archival research
Tchavdar Georgiev .... translator: Russian
Erica Hart .... production assistant
Lindsay Heller .... additional archival research
Adam Irving .... key production assistant
Wandie Kabule .... post production assistant
John Kaiser .... intern
Mark Lipson .... post production consultant
Tahir Malik .... additional archival research
Carey McKenzie .... additional archival research (as Carey Schonegevel)
Ambria Miscia .... post production assistant
Jessica Nelson .... researcher
Jessica Nelson .... transcriptionist
Molly O'Brien .... consultant producer
Emily Fiora Parks .... intern
Marilyn Penn .... post production accountant
Susan Ricketts .... archive producer
Katherine Ripley .... additional archival research
Katie Roper .... production assistant
Marge Rowland .... production accountant
Hashem Selph .... production coordinator
Hashem Selph .... translator: Persian
Lawrence Scott Sheets .... translator: Georgian
Daniel Tan .... lead technician: Deluxe Digital Cinema
Reaves Avery Washburn .... intern
Winnie Wong .... insurance
Marianna Yarovskaya .... translator: Russian
Andy Zare .... archive producer
Kofi Annan .... very special thanks
Diana Masieri Byfield .... very special thanks
Judy Calabrese .... special thanks
Lesley Chilcott .... special thanks
Hank Corwin .... thanks
Kelly Curtis .... special thanks
Will Fisher .... special thanks
Eric Greenspan .... very special thanks
Charles Johnston .... thanks
Henry Kissinger .... very special thanks
Jan Lodal .... very special thanks
Yelena Makarczyk .... special thanks
Moby .... special thanks
Sandy Nasseri .... special thanks
Pavel Palazchenko .... very special thanks
Margaret Pastor .... very special thanks
Robert Pastor .... very special thanks
Yelena Rachitsky .... very special thanks
Mary Ramos .... very special thanks
Morgan Russo .... special thanks
David E. Sanger .... special thanks
Phillip Schopper .... very special thanks
Ashley Sifer .... special thanks
Mark Sugg .... very special thanks
Frits Veerman .... very special thanks
Wez .... special thanks
Winnie Wong .... special thanks

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Rated PG for thematic material, images of destruction and incidental smoking
89 min | USA:91 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Japan:G | Singapore:NC-16 | USA:PG (certificate #45889)

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Luck and tragedy have everything to do with it., 9 September 2011
Author: zaknaud from United States

Firstly I understand how many people will feel after watching this movie. That another liberal agenda is being played up and the end to nuclear armament is just asking for terrorism to advance within our country, you couldn't be more wrong. Being in the military for almost ten years it was my experience that most folks get three things wrong when they think about someone using such a device in our country. One, they believe that it comes from a country. This kind of terrorism has no country and has no head to govern it, merely opportunity. The idea that you can "nuke them back" gets a little complicated when the bomb may come from a diplomatically friendly country or even from within our own. Two that such a device is complicated and needs teams of people and money to create, not so. Such a device can be crudely manufactured with a lead pipe 4gm of enriched plutonium and a shotgun shell. The devices themselves do not need to be complex to kill several thousand people, and the people setting them off probably have no qualms about killing themselves in the process. A crudely made machine can be made from almost anything you can find in a hardware store and those items are so everyday that they will not raise any FBI flags. Lastly, Three that there is a solution to such a problem. There isn't one. While the film makes a proud gesture at telling us that all we need to do is this... That is a pipe dream and besides we have gone to far down the path of destruction to make it any better. So in all of this what might be the way to make any of these problems go away. Again I'm sorry to say, nothing. We now have to live in a world where this "might" happen any day at any time. The only thing we can do is hope that we find better ways of detecting potential threats than by clandestinely stumbling into them. The movie is a gem in terms of showing that the "human" part of these weapons is the most dangerous part of them. With respect to our last president he finger that could push the button was also attached to the brain of a recovering alcoholic judgment should be reserved for the viewer and their experience but keep in mind that these things however embellished are real and are waiting right within and outside your door.

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