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Fail Safe (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 9 April 2000
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Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.

Directors:

Stephen Frears, Martin Pasetta (as Martin A. Pasetta Jr.)

Writers:

Eugene Burdick (novel), Harvey Wheeler (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Cronkite ... Self - Host
Richard Dreyfuss ... President
Noah Wyle ... Buck
Brian Dennehy ... Gen. Bogan
Sam Elliott ... Congressman Raskob
James Cromwell ... Gordon Knapp
John Diehl ... Col. Cascio
Hank Azaria ... Prof. Groeteschele
Norman Lloyd ... Defense Secretary Swenson
Bill Smitrovich ... Gen. Stark (as William Smitrovich)
Don Cheadle ... Lt. Jimmy Pierce
George Clooney ... Col. Jack Grady
Harvey Keitel ... Brig. Gen. Warren Black
Doris Belack ... Mrs. Johnson
Grant Heslov ... Jimmy
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Storyline

Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.

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Taglines:

The World on The Brink of Accidental War -- UNFOLDING LIVE!

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The big board depicting the bomber's position was designed to automatically compensate for the cast members accidentally jumping ahead in the script. See more »

Goofs

When Buck begins translating, he begins speaking *immediately* upon hearing the Soviet premier speak, betraying the fact that he's just reciting lines in a script. A real translator would need to listen to most of the first sentence before speaking, especially with languages that place the verb at or near the end of the sentence, as most languages other than English do. See more »

Quotes

Soviet Chairman: [on the phone] We think we do not have much of a chance.
President: I agree.
Soviet Chairman: And yet, who can be blamed? Can you blame a machine?
President: Well, men built those machines, Mr. Chairman.
Soviet Chairman: Men are not perfect, Mr. President.
President: Men are responsible for what they do. Men are responsible for what they make. We built those machines, your country and mine. We put them in place. Two *great* cities will be destroyed. Millions of innocent people will die because of us. What do we say to them? "Accidents will happen?" I can't accept ...
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Referenced in Micmacs (2009) See more »

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Live action is NOT a thing of the past anymore.
16 April 2000 | by phoenix1107See all my reviews

I never thought I'd get into a live action drama like this, but I thought it was INCREDIBLE. The actors were superb and the storyline was gorgeously done. I was surprised that they were making live episodes of television shows, I didn't think anyone would be able to pull off a live 2-hour movie, but they did, and if it isn't nominated for several emmys, it will be a major crime.

Kudos to the whole cast and crew for the most amazing movie in a VERY long time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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