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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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, (as Martin A. Pasetta Jr.)

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(novel), (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:
... Himself - Host
... President
... Buck
... Gen. Bogan
... Congressman Raskob
... Gordon Knapp
... Col. Cascio
... Prof. Groeteschele
... Defense Secretary Swenson
... Gen. Stark (as William Smitrovich)
... Lt. Jimmy Pierce
... Col. Jack Grady
... Brig. Gen. Warren Black
... Mrs. Johnson
... Jimmy
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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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Release Date:

9 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zona de seguridad  »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

George Clooney wanted the show broadcast in black and white both for stylistic reasons (as it was set in the 1960s), and because live broadcasting produced garish color. 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

Gordon Knapp: If you pile all these electronic systems one on top of the other, sooner or later you're going to get a faulty transistor or a damaged rectifier, and then the whole thing just shuts down. Even computers suffer fatigue. They become erratic, they break down, just like overworked people.
Prof. Groeteschele: Excuse me, but you're overlooking one important factor: Humans control those machines. Humans can see an error and correct it.
Gordon Knapp: I'm sorry, sir, but you are misinformed. The fact of the matter is that these machines...
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References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »

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Television quality rises up the scale
10 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

'Fail Safe' is one of the best and exciting events I've had the pleasure to witness in years of television viewing. The quality of production, the acting, the 'period' feel, and its ever-timely anti-nuke message is pure enjoyment. I've seen many new films this past year and NONE moved me like this Live -made for TV- program did. Only talented professionals on and behind the screen could make this event happen with believable style and real thought-provoking emotion. Thank you CBS and Mr. Clooney for taking this giant leap forward by leaping back to the details that made TV great and original in the early days.


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