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World War III (1982)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Soul ... Col. Jake Caffey
Brian Keith ... Secretary General Gorny
Cathy Lee Crosby ... Maj. Kate Breckenridge
Jeroen Krabbé ... Col. Alexander Vorashin
Robert Prosky ... Gen. Aleksey Rudenski
Katherine Helmond ... Dorothy Longworth
James Hampton ... Richard Hickman
Rock Hudson ... President Thomas McKenna
Harry Basch ... Adm. Vernon Blanchard
Frank Dent Frank Dent ... Tim Hardy
Rick Fitts ... Maj. George Devery
John Lehne John Lehne ... Brig. Gen. Gard Roberts
Marcus K. Mukai Marcus K. Mukai ... Sgt. Johnny Parson (as Marcus Mukai)
William Traylor William Traylor ... Maj. Nicolai Saamaretz
Lee Wallace Lee Wallace ... Dr. Jules Farber


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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Release Date:

31 January 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weltkrieg III See more »

Filming Locations:

Oregon, USA

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


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 »


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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Exciting film.
13 August 2003 | by sonofagunSee all my reviews

I've always enjoyed this film mainly due to the fine acting of David Soul (Kudo's Dave!). Many other fine performances are also present - Kathy Lee Crosby's sexy and rugged portrayal gets high marks too. But here's something interesting: the film is good, but if you liked it, you must get the book and read it. The only reason they didn't film it as in the novel is a limited budget (read the book, you'll see what I mean). There were something like 800 russian troops against 50 or so GI's but they had more ammo, weapons, and choppers! And the finale is even more exciting! Read it!

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