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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
Critics Consensus: Fail-Safe strikes an impressive chord with its grim, high-minded exploration of the ultimate Doomsday scenario.
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- Genre:Thriller, Drama
- Release Date:October 1, 1964
- Audio Format:Stereo
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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