Fail-Safe

Fail-Safe
Fail-Safe
  • NR
  • 1h 52m
  • 1964
Fresh95%
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One of the greatest anti-war thrillers ever, Fail-Safe stars Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Dan O'Herlihy, Larry Hagman and Fritz Weaver (in his film debut) as a group of military men on the verge of World War III. When a military computer error deploys a squadron of SAC bombers to destroy Moscow, the American president (Fonda) tries to call them back. But their sophisticated fail-safe system prevents him from aborting the attack, so he must convince the Soviets not to retaliate. In desperation, the president offers to sacrifice an American city if his pilots succeed in their deadly mission over Moscow. A four-star techno-thriller that builds tension and suspense with every tick of the nuclear clock.
© 1963 renewed 1991 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh95%
Reviews
New York Times
Bosley Crowther
Fresh

It packs a melodramatic wallop that will rattle a lot of chattering teeth.

June 25, 2017
Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

It faithfully translates on the screen the power and seething drama of the Eugene Burdick-Harvey W...

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Fresh

Lumet sensibly avoids pyrotechnics in favour of tightening the psychological screws ...

June 21, 2017
Empire Magazine
Kim Newman
Fresh

An impressive and disturbing brink-of-doom thriller.

June 25, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller
  • Release Date:October 1, 1964
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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