A TV reporter and cameraman are taken hostage on a tugboat while covering a workers strike. The demands of the hostage-takers are to collect all the nuclear detonators in the Charleston, SC area so they may be detonated at sea. They threaten to detonate a nuclear device of their own if their demand isn't met.
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The film was part of a 1980s cycle of films about atomic bombs and nuclear warfare which had started in 1979 with The China Syndrome
(1979). The films included Silkwood
(1983), The Day After
(1983), The Atomic Cafe
(1982), The Manhattan Project
(1986), Whoops Apocalypse
(1982), Special Bulletin
(1983), Ground Zero
(1987), Barefoot Gen (Barefoot Gen
(1983)), Rules of Engagement
(1989), When the Wind Blows
(1986), Letters from a Dead Man (Dead Man's Letters
(1986)), Memoirs of a Survivor
(1981) and The Chain Reaction
(1980). See more
The cameraman would not be able to film the explosion. Either the pyroclastic storm or the electromagnetic pulse would render the camera unusable, and at least erase the magnetic tape in the camera. See more
Oh my God! This is incredible! In all my years I've never seen anything like this! It's incredible! People are burnt beyond recognition!
Opens with a commercial advertising shows for the fictional RBS network, followed by the title "Special Bulletin" as the commercial is interrupted. There are no opening credits, making this one of the first TV movies ever produced without some sort of opening credits. See more
The video release omits the "dramatization" on-screen disclaimer seen throughout the original TV broadcast. The DVD released through the Warner Archive Collection does contain the on-screen disclaimers. See more
Referenced in Under Siege