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Fail-Safe ()


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American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted?

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Gen. Black
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Dr. Groeteschele
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Gen. Bogan
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Col. Grady (as Ed Binns)
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Col. Cascio
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The President
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Buck
William Hansen ...
Secretary Swenson
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Gen. Stark (as Russell Hardy)
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Knapp
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Congressman Raskob
Nancy Berg ...
Ilsa Wolfe
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Thomas
Frank Simpson ...
Sullivan
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Betty Black
Janet Ward ...
Mrs. Grady
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Sgt. Collins
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Foster
Stewart Germain ...
Mr. Cascio
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Mrs. Cascio
Frieda Altman ...
Jennie
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Geri Miller ...
Go-Go Dancer (uncredited)
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Jet Fighter Pilot (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Sidney Lumet

Written by

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Walter Bernstein ... (screenplay)
 
Eugene Burdick ... (from the novel by) &
Harvey Wheeler ... (from the novel by)
 
Peter George ... () (uncredited)

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Charles H. Maguire ... associate producer
Max E. Youngstein ... producer

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Gerald Hirschfeld ... director of photography

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Ralph Rosenblum ... film editor

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Albert Brenner

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J.C. Delaney ... (as J.C. DeLaney)

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Anna Hill Johnstone ... (costumes by)

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Harry Buchman ... makeup
Bill Herman ... makeup department head

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Harry Falk ... assistant director (as Harry Falk Jr.)

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Jack Fitzstephens ... sound editor
William Swift ... sound mixer

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Howard Fortune ... chief electrician
Edward Knott ... chief grip
Albert Taffet ... camera operator (as Al Taffett)

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Marguerite James ... continuity
Eugene Burdick ... script consultant (uncredited)
Lillian Michelson ... researcher (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

A series of human and computer errors sends a squadron of American 'Vindicator' bombers to nuke Moscow. The President, in order to convince the Soviets that this is a mistake, orders the Strategic Air Command to help the Soviets stop them. Written by KC Hunt

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Taglines The screen zeros in on the most suspenseful adventure drama of our age! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Fail Safe (United States)
  • Fail Safe (World-wide, English title)
  • Point limite (France)
  • Angriffsziel Moskau (Germany)
  • Punto límite (Spain)
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  • 112 min
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Trivia The large, metal phone the President uses to talk to the Soviet premier was actually a special phone used by explosives companies during blasting. See more »
Goofs The interpreter is repeatedly described as a "translator". These are quite distinct professions (even though some people pursue both). Translators work on written texts, interpreters help people speaking different languages to communicate verbally. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Henry Fonda: The Man and His Movies (1982). See more »
Crazy Credits [FINAL CREDIT]: The producers of this film wish to stress that it is the stated position of the Department of Defense and the United States Air Force that a rigidly enforced system of safeguards and controls insure that occurrences such as those depicted in this story cannot happen See more »
Quotes US Ambassador: [over the phone] I can hear the sound of explosions from the north east. The sky is very bright. All lit up.
[phone melts and high pitched whining sound starts]
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