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Alfred E. Green
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
A renegade USAF general, Lawrence Dell, escapes from a military prison and takes over an ICBM silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War 3 unless the President reveals details of a secret meeting held just after the start of the Vietnam War between Dell and the then President's most trusted advisors.Written by
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Why not position tanks or some kind of fighting vehicles 1500 yards from the silos to try and shoot down the missiles as they are launched? ICBMs initially move very slowly and they are not armored in any way. There would even be a good chance of hitting something critical with a well-placed rifle round. A 20mm auto cannon would definitely do it. See more »
President David Stevens:
You asshole! Dell's bluffing, huh? He doesn't have the keys, huh? He can't launch, huh? Well take a look MacKenzie and tell me those aren't fucking missiles!
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The original UK cinema release featured the 2 hour version. The 1998 Warner video featured the extended 138 minute print. See more »
I disagree that the political statement in the movie is misplaced. It was one of the first movies from the Hollywood mainstream to address the atrocities in Vietnam (such as the Mai Lai massacre for those who are not familiar with history). I think the film showed the pain and anger many vets felt when they returned. Beyond the social statement, I think the film is good thriller that stands the test of time. There are some minor problems with the plot such as the security at the silo, but those come up when one tries to analyze the film instead of enjoying the ride. Lancaster and Widmark are, as usual, very good in the picture which alone makes the picture worth seeing.
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