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Countdown to Looking Glass (1984)

Dramatic doomsday scenario in which the Cold War fully escalates. The story is told through a live news report that follows the apocalyptic world-ending nuclear exchange between the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R.

Director:

Fred Barzyk

Writer:

Albert Ruben
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Glenn ... Michael Boyle
Michael Murphy ... Bob Calhoun
Helen Shaver ... Dorian Waldorf
Patrick Watson Patrick Watson ... Don Tobin
Nancy Dickerson Nancy Dickerson ... Herself
Eric Sevareid ... Himself
Matsu Anderson Matsu Anderson ... Matsu Yamada
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins Barbara Barnes-Hopkins ... Mrs. Langhorn
Michael Beattie ... Youth #1
Richard Comar Richard Comar ... Pentagon Spokesman
Murray Cruchley Murray Cruchley ... James Otis
Faye Dance ... Anne Gailmore
Don Dickinson Don Dickinson ... Unger
Micheal Donaghue Micheal Donaghue ... Technician
Don Francks ... Don Geller
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Storyline

Docudrama uses fictional reports of a crisis in the Middle East, which leads to a nuclear confrontation between the US and the USSR. "Looking Glass" is the code word for the Strategic Air Command's control plane which is to be used in the case of nuclear war. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1984 (USA) See more »

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz (CVN 68) was portrayed in this movie by the museum ship U.S.S. Yorktown (ex CV 10) moored in Charleston Harbor, Charleston, South Carolina. The T-2 Buckeye jet trainer which is being towed across the deck during one of Michael Boyle's (Scott Glenn) reports is one of the Yorktown Museum's exhibits. See more »

Goofs

A news report is coming from "Carswell, Texas," with mountains in the background. Carswell Air Force Base was in Fort Worth, Texas, surrounded by suburbs and trees with no mountains within hundreds of miles. See more »

Quotes

The President of the U.S: [making a speech about the crisis] My fellow Americans: our country is faced today with a serious challenge. We have been asked, as a people, to make a decision so important that how the world evolves, the course it takes for the next century, will almost surely depend on what we decide. As your President, and with the valued counsel of the leaders of the Congress, the National Security Council, and the members of my cabinet, I have made that decision. My decision is to make it absolutely clear ...
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A Pretty Good Political Thriller
8 February 2014 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

Because of the inability of several South American countries to pay their debts the United States is plunged into an economic crisis which has far-reaching repercussions. Oman, for example, experiences a revolution and this results in a communist government which tilts the balance of power over to the Soviet Union and further escalates tension in the Middle East. Soon the United States and the Soviet Union become directly involved in a high-stakes military standoff which neither side seems to be able to resolve. Anyway, rather than disclose the rest of the story and risk spoiling the film for those who haven't seen it I will just say that for a "made-for-television" movie this was a pretty good political thriller. While I didn't particularly care for the ending I liked the performances of Scott Glenn (as "Michael Boyle") and Helen Shaver ("Dorian Waldorf"). I especially liked the scene involving the U.S.S. Nimitz when it reached the Gulf of Oman. Good tension. Be that as it may I think this is a movie that most viewers will probably enjoy and I rate it as above average.


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