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World War III 

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In 1987, Soviet paratroopers drop into Alaska to sabotage the oil pipeline in retaliation against a United States grain embargo. A skirmish occurs at a pumping station, lightly defended by ... See full summary »
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1982  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
David Soul ...  Col. Jake Caffey 2 episodes, 1982
Brian Keith ...  Secretary General Gorny 2 episodes, 1982
Cathy Lee Crosby ...  Maj. Kate Breckenridge 2 episodes, 1982
Jeroen Krabbé ...  Col. Alexander Vorashin 2 episodes, 1982
Robert Prosky ...  Gen. Aleksey Rudenski 2 episodes, 1982
Katherine Helmond ...  Dorothy Longworth 2 episodes, 1982
James Hampton ...  Richard Hickman 2 episodes, 1982
Rock Hudson ...  President Thomas McKenna 2 episodes, 1982
Harry Basch ...  Adm. Vernon Blanchard 2 episodes, 1982
Frank Dent Frank Dent ...  Tim Hardy 2 episodes, 1982
Rick Fitts ...  Maj. George Devery 2 episodes, 1982
John Lehne John Lehne ...  Brig. Gen. Gard Roberts 2 episodes, 1982
Marcus K. Mukai Marcus K. Mukai ...  Sgt. Johnny Parson 2 episodes, 1982
William Traylor William Traylor ...  Maj. Nicolai Saamaretz 2 episodes, 1982
Lee Wallace ...  Dr. Jules Farber 2 episodes, 1982
Kai Wulff ...  Konstantin Sculoff 2 episodes, 1982
Richard Yniguez ...  Capt. Angel Cordobes 2 episodes, 1982
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In 1987, Soviet paratroopers drop into Alaska to sabotage the oil pipeline in retaliation against a United States grain embargo. A skirmish occurs at a pumping station, lightly defended by Col. Jake Caffey and a National Guard recon unit. A stalemate ensues while the possibility of World War III hangs in the balance. The danger escalates as the Soviet premier and the U.S. President play a cat-and-mouse game. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Three years earlier in the motion picture Meteor, Brian Keith also played a passive, peace-seeking Russian leader involved in a crisis where the world is at stake. See more »

Goofs

By The End Of The Movie Coup Leaders Decide On An All-Out Nuclear Strike, Mistakenly Believing That U. S. Law Requires The President To Obtain Congressional Approval Before An American Nuclear Attack. In Actuality The President Does Not Need Congressional Approval To Use Nuclear Weapons. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Nicolai Saamaretz: [Outside an oil pumping station in Alaska] Do you think it will be worth it for them to die for a piece of machinery?
Col. Alexander Vorashin: Ideology, Major. That's your subject, isn't it? They will fight for the ideal of that place and all the ideas connected with it.
Maj. Nicolai Saamaretz: And where do people get those ideas? From men like me.
Col. Alexander Vorashin: In Stalingrad my father fought for a steel plant that looked like a pile of rubble. It wasn't the steel plant, it was what it represented to the Russian people.
[Looks towards the pumping station]
Col. Alexander Vorashin: Well, ...
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Well conceived, well edited
3 March 2003 | by cesareborgia7See all my reviews

This film made an enormous impression on me at 12 yrs old, so much so that it sticks with me 21 years later. The film is suspenseful. The cinematography is top of the line. The climax (no spoilers follow) involves an application of military strategy dating from ancient times, which seemed imaginative to me at the time. And the cold of Alaska, the threat of Soviet invasion, the stakes of nuclear holocaust... all had me on the edge of my seat. I'd love to buy the film, but alas, there are no releases on DVD or video.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weltkrieg III See more »

Filming Locations:

Oregon, USA

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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