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Command and Control (2016)

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Documentary of 1980's near-launch of a nuclear missile from Arkansas, based on Eric Shlosser's award-winning book of the same name.


Robert Kenner


Robert Kenner (screenplay), Brian Pearle (story by) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Tom Brokaw ... Self (archive footage)
Harold Brown ... Self - Secretary of Defense
Allan Childers ... Self - Missile Combat Crew
Bill Clinton ... Self (archive footage) (as Gov. Bill Clinton)
Greg Devlin ... Self - PTS Team
Rodney Holder ... Self - Missile Combat Crew
Sam Hutto ... Self - Dairy Farmer
Jeff Kennedy ... Self - PTS Team (archive footage) (as Sgt. Jeff Kennedy)
Sid King ... Self - Manager, KGFL Radio
David Livingston ... Self (archive footage)
Hans Mark ... Self - Secretary of Air Force (archive footage)
Walter Mondale ... Self (archive footage) (as Vice President Walter Mondale)
John Moser ... Self - Commander 308th Strategic Missile Wing (as Col. John Moser)
Bob Peurifoy ... Self - Director of Weapon Development, Sandia
Jeffrey Plumb ... Self - PTS Team


Documentary of 1980s near-nuclear ground explosion of a Titan II missile in Damascus, Arkansas in Silo 374-7, based on Eric Shlosser's award-winning book of the same title. A riveting minute by minute account of the accident started by the failure to follow written maintenence procedures. Written by Odyssey10

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The footage of the Titan missile exploding is actually that of an Orbital ATK Antares rocket exploding shortly after liftoff, on October 28th, 2014. See more »


It was never possible for an accidental Titan missile explosion to unleash a nuclear detonation. The worst scenario would have been the deaths of the crew in the affected silo.

All nuclear warheads rely on "quick-assembly" in order to achieve critical mass, and therefore detonation. The very first atomic bomb type built and tested by the USA was adapted from an artillery piece (a simple, linear assembly). All subsequent devices have been designed as implosion models, where a complex set of explosive lenses compress the fissile material in a uniform manner, and in perfect sequence.

The premise that a fuel leak at a Titan missile silo could have caused a thermonuclear disaster is both deeply flawed and physically impossible. See more »

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Shocked and Dismayed!!!
26 April 2017 | by johnm-38132See all my reviews

This documentary shows how inherently dangerous and unpredictable nuclear missiles are. It also shows how deceptive the FEDS and the military have been regarding these dangers. The military's treatment of the enlisted men who got seriously injured and risked their lives to prevent this accident from turning into a nuclear holocaust is totally inexcusable. SHAME SHAME SHAME!!!

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Release Date:

17 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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1980, accident nucléaire en Arkansas See more »

Filming Locations:

Damascus, Arkansas, USA


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$5,385, 18 September 2016

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