Fail Safe (2000)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  9 April 2000 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
Gen. Stark (as William Smitrovich)
Lt. Jimmy Pierce
Doris Belack ...
Mrs. Johnson


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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George Clooney's cousin Miguel Ferrer was cast to play Colonel Cascio, but was replaced by John Diehl. See more »


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 »


Tommy Grady, Col. Grady's Son: Dad! How long is this one gonna be?
Col. Jack Grady, Command Pilot Group 6: Shouldn't be too late.
Tommy Grady, Col. Grady's Son: Are you sure?
Col. Jack Grady, Command Pilot Group 6: I'm positive.
Tommy Grady, Col. Grady's Son: Only fools are positive.
Col. Jack Grady, Command Pilot Group 6: Are you sure?
Tommy Grady, Col. Grady's Son: I'm positive.
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A look and feel different from any other TV production I have seen
10 April 2000 | by (Columbia, SC) – 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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