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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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9 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zona de seguridad  »

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1.78 : 1
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Broadcast live on April 9, 2000. See more »

Goofs

General Bogan is wearing the Air Force Good Conduct ribbon. It is clearly visible, 4th row from the top, center ribbon. Even if this impossibility was correct, it would not be in the order shown and in a row just beneath the high decoration of the silver star. It is of a much lower order of distinction and would belong in the bottom row of ribbons. This Air Force version ribbon was instituted in 1963 to replace the old red/white Army ribbon. It would have been impossible for him to have earned it as an enlisted airman since this film takes place about the same time it was instituted, therefore its display is improper. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Brig. Gen. Warren Black: You've all been briefed on this mission, so there's nothing more to say. I have only one last order. No one else is to have anything to do with the release of the bombs. I repeat. I will fly the plane and launch the bombs. The ultimate act will be mine. Is that clear?
Co-pilot: On course, sir. Approaching the target.
Brig. Gen. Warren Black: We'll count down from 10. Give me the signal.
Co-pilot: We're on a heading of 6 degrees south. Winds northwest at 8 miles an hour. Altitude, 26,000 feet. Ground Zero, set at 1,000 feet. ...
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Felt like the "old days"
10 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

I really looked forward to this live TV special and I was not disappointed. I also liked the black and white presentation. I remember quite well the live Playhouse 90s and Studio Ones of the fifties. When tape and film came along a lot of the edge was taken out. I hope that this starts a new trend. I would like to see one once a month. I would like to see how many new stars that rely on film and retakes to be good enough to be in a live show.


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