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Interpreter Buck (Larry Hagman) assesses nuances of the Soviet Chairman's replies to The President (Henry Fonda) on the White House hot-line to The Kremlin.
Interpreter Buck (Larry Hagman) assesses nuances of the Soviet Chairman's replies to The President (Henry Fonda) on the White House hot-line to The Kremlin.
At the Pentagon war conference room, USAF Brigadier General Black (Dan O'Herlihy) seems to distrust supremely confident DoD advisor Prof. Groeteschele (Walter Matthau).
At the Pentagon war conference room, USAF Brigadier General Black (Dan O'Herlihy) seems to distrust supremely confident DoD advisor Prof. Groeteschele (Walter Matthau).
Concerned Strategic Air Command (SAC) commander General Bogan (Frank Overton), Mr. Foster (Dana Elcar), electronics expert Gordon Knapp (Russell Collins), and stolid Colonel Cascio (Fritz Weaver) watch disturbing developments from SAC Headquarters.
Concerned Strategic Air Command (SAC) commander General Bogan (Frank Overton), Mr. Foster (Dana Elcar), electronics expert Gordon Knapp (Russell Collins), and stolid Colonel Cascio (Fritz Weaver) watch disturbing developments from SAC Headquarters.
All eyes are glued to action unfolding on the Big Board at SAC HQ.
All eyes are glued to action unfolding on the Big Board at SAC HQ.

Thumbnail for Fail-Safe (1964) Fail-Safe (1964)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 93
Notable as: Science FictionGenre: Thriller, War film, Adventure Film, Science Fiction, DramaMain subject: aviationNarrative location: Washington, New York City, NebraskaRuntime: 112 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Sidney LumetScreenwriter: Eugene Burdick, Walter Bernstein, Harvey WheelerBased on: Fail-SafeCinematography: Gerald HirschfeldStars: Henry Fonda, Dan O'Herlihy, Walter Matthau, Dom DeLuise, Fritz Weaver, William Hansen, Frank Overton, Edward Binns, Sorrell Booke, Larry Hagman Producer: Max E. Youngstein, Sidney LumetAward nominations: United Nations AwardsAward details: (details at IMDb)
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Fail-Safe is a 1964 Cold war thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. It portrays a fictional account of a Cold War nuclear crisis. The film features performances by veteran actors Henry Fonda, Dan O'Herlihy, Walter Matthau and Frank Overton. Early film appearances include Fritz Weaver, Dom DeLuise, and Larry Hagman as the President's interpreter. In 2000, the novel was adapted again as a televised play, starring George Clooney, Richard Dreyfuss, and Noah Wyle and broadcast live in black-and-white on CBS.


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