Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1964
AuthorsLumet, Sidney
Running Time1h 52min
Date Released10/07/1964
DistributorColumbia Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

This chilling Cold War film, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler, reveals the dangers of nuclear warfare, militarism, and technology. During the Cold War, U.S. bomber jets are equipped with fail-safe boxes that instruct pilots when and if to attack. When an attack order is inadvertently administered due to a system malfunction, the President of the United States (Henry Fonda) must scramble to fix the mistake before the bombs are dropped on Moscow. He manages to stop almost all the bombers headed for Moscow, except for one determined pilot who manages to complete his mission, with deadly consequences.

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