Great performances. Pulls off the tension of the Cold War like no other movie.
over 6 years
The serious version of Dr. Stranglove and just as good.
Fail-Safe is a 1964 film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. It tells the story of a fictional Cold War nuclear crisis. The film features an all star cast, including Henry Fonda, Dan O'Herlihy, Walter Matthau, Frank Overton, and early appearances by Fritz Weaver, Dom DeLuise and Larry Hagman.
The film takes place during the Cold War, when tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union were at their height. At the headquarters of the Strategic Air Command (SAC), where visiting Congressman Raskob (Sorrell Booke) is expressing his discomfort with how much of the U.S. defense system is automated without direct human responsibility, an unidentified object is detected approaching North America from Europe. With such incidents a common occurrence, standard procedure is invoked, deploying American fighter aircraft to meet the potential threat. According to routine, American strategic bombers are directed to fly to...