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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The original Fail-Safe (1964) featured Phyllis Hill, who had been the second wife of José Ferrer. Ferrer's third wife was George Clooney's aunt, Rosemary Clooney. See more »

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General Bogan refers to the enlisted missile technician as "Sergeant Collins" even though he is clearly wearing the stripes of a Chief Master Sergeant. In the A.F. a Chief Master Sergeant is always referred to as "Chief" and never as "Sergeant". See more »

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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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a good remake
7 August 2001 | by (York, England) – See all my reviews

one of the best TV films I have seen in recent years! However, I must say that I thought the original was a very good film indeed, so I might of been biased. The thing that I liked about the latest remake was that the producers decided that the TV broadcast was going to be just like the original and not brought up to date. This gave the film a claustrophobic feeling to it and made it more real. So many films today are just explosions and S.F.X. that the real stories are left behind. A well made movie, and a joy to see Richard Dreyfuss back to his top form.


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