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Disaster at Silo 7 (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | TV Movie 27 November 1988
A fuel leak inside an ICBM silo creates a dangerous situation that sends the local military and civilian authorities into a panic.


Larry Elikann


Mark Carliner (story), Douglas Lloyd McIntosh (story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Baker ... Col. Chadwick
Peter Boyle ... Gen. Sanger
Patricia Charbonneau ... Kathy Fitzgerald
Perry King ... Maj. Hicks
Michael O'Keefe ... Sgt. Mike Fitzgerald
Joe Spano ... Sgt. Swofford
Dennis Weaver ... Sheriff Ben Harlen
Joe Urla ... Pepper Martinelli
Brent Jennings ... A.C. Jones
Christian Clemenson ... Col. Brandon
Ken Jenkins ... Clarence
Maureen Teefy ... Penny Travers
Jack Kehler ... Col. Canby
Olivia Burnette ... Jennifer Fitzgerald
Justin Burnette ... T.J. Fitzgerald
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During routine maintenance of a liquid-fuelled ICBM, the fuel tank is penetrated by a falling spanner. The film traces the efforts of the maintenance crew and associated military and civilian personnel to recover the potentially disastrous situation before the fuel tank is sufficiently depressurised that the stack collapses and explodes. Written by Mike McBain <mike@calcite.apana.org.au>

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Based on a true story. On September 18, 1980, a Titan II ICBM inside Silo 374-7 of the US Air Force's 308th Strategic Missile Wing, located outside of Damascus, Arkansas, suffered a fuel leak due to a dropped socket wrench which struck and pierced the missile's skin. The missile exploded as two Propellant Transfer System airmen, Sgt. Jeff Kennedy and Sr. Airman David Livingston, were attempting to vent the leaking fuel and potentially save the missile. SrA Livingston died of his injuries. Sgt. Kennedy and twenty other airmen were injured in the blast. The nine-megaton W53 warhead was ejected from the missile and was found outside the complex with minimal damage. Jeff Kennedy was a technical advisor for this film. See more »


The movie takes place at a Titan II missile silo in East Texas, surrounded by desert and scrub brush. For one, East Texas is dense forest, not desert. Second, there were never any Titan II silos in Texas. The actual 1980 incident occurred in Arkansas, and the film was shot at the Titan Missile Museum in Arizona, which is the only fully-intact Titan II complex still in existence. See more »


Edited into Hollywood Burn (2006) See more »


Sung by Cathryn Craig
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Military potboiler with religious overtones ........
16 October 2013 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

The first half hour of "Disaster at Silo 7", setting up a Titan 2 Missle disaster, is pretty mundane stuff, with touchy feeley character development and a significant dose of religious overtones. Until a ratchet punctures a fuel tank and sets the crisis in motion, very little happens except a lot of confusing technical mumbo jumbo. Once things go terribly wrong the story picks up considerably. The main focus of the military seems to be covering up their sometimes incompetent orders, while the audience certainly can sympathize with the men on the firing line who seem to be constantly bogged down by command decisions. Definitely above average for a TV movie. - MERK

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27 November 1988 (USA) See more »

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