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Fail Safe (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 9 April 2000
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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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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The World on The Brink of Accidental War -- UNFOLDING LIVE!

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Drama | Thriller

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9 April 2000 (USA)  »

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During the live broadcast, a tape of the last dress rehearsal was available for broadcast, just in case some technical problem interrupted the live performance, so that there would be no interruption of the broadcast. See more »

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At one point near the beginning a banner behind Hank Azaria is seen for an event dated 1975, well after this is set. See more »

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President: Are you married, Buck?
Buck: No, sir. Not yet. We've gone steady for a while, but we haven't set a date or anything. Is she in the government? State Department. She's a translator like me. Spanish, French and Italian. We met in translator school. When she gets mad she can curse in four languages.
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A look and feel different from any other TV production I have seen
10 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

I was totally blown away by this production. Despite the fact that the material has been filmed before, I felt like I was watching something totally new and original. This is due in no small part to the fact that director Stephen Frears and crew had the guts to do this as a live production AND film it in black and white. It made me feel like I was watching an old news broadcast. It also had a bit of a glossy look to it, sort of like the black and white films of the '30s and '40s. The performances are uniformly excellent, especially Richard Dreyfuss, Noah Wyle and Hank Azaria. There is no musical score, so you are either hearing dialogue and a few SFX or dead silence, which only adds to the eerie effect. The scary thing is that a scenario like this one could happen. If this is repeated or comes out on video, RUN to see it. You won't see another like it.


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