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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Drama | Thriller

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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

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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The series takes place in 1987. See more »

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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 »

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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: ...
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terrific - terrific movie
2 February 2007 | by ppasqSee all my reviews

This is one film that can be watched over and over again because it is the best. The story is top of the line. I also loved the barren locale. It just added to the story. The sound track was also top of the line. I think of it now while I am writing these comments. This movie is just like Failsafe.The drama and tension are tops. The main setting is this barren area of Alaska where a troop of Russia soldiers have invaded with the intention of capturing a pumping valve station and destroying it thereby cutting off oil supplies to the lower United States. How they are stopped and the horrible consequences that follow are what makes this such a great movie. The impasse at the end where the Soviet and American commanders agree is great but not long-lasting.

Why is it not available on DVD? The music also??. I know that it was a made for t.v. movie by NBC> Is there any way that NBC be contacted?


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