Fail Safe (DVD)

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    Following closely on the heels of Stanley Kubrik's DR. STRANGELOVE (all too closely for Kubrick and company, who quickly filed a lawsuit alleging plagiarism), Sidney Lumet's FAIL-SAFE employs a similarly stylized and heightened dramatic structure in it...

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    Following closely on the heels of Stanley Kubrik's DR. STRANGELOVE (all too closely for Kubrick and company, who quickly filed a lawsuit alleging plagiarism), Sidney Lumet's FAIL-SAFE employs a similarly stylized and heightened dramatic structure in its nerve-crushing moral tale. Taking place over the course of a single day, the film follows government and army officials in Nebraska, New York City, and Washington, D.C., as they go about their day supervising, examining, and speculating on the fragile state of affairs engendered by the tense nuclear standoff between the U.S. and Russia. When an off-course commercial airplane triggers the Pentagon's complex "fail-safe" maneuver, leaving an arsenal of nuclear-bomb-carrying jet fighters at the ready, a mechanical error puts the entire world in danger of destruction. Riveting performances from a rich cast are pushed even further by Lumet's stark and ominous direction. Walter Matthau gives an uncharacteristic turn as a cold and contemptuous political scientist unswerving in his convictions that the U.S. must stand strong against the communist menace. Henry Fonda plays the American president who must navigate the complex and urgent political trauma and prevent total destruction, even at an unthinkable price.

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    UPC 043396054240
    Studio Sony Pictures
    Format DVD
    Genre Drama
    Rating Unrated
    Dimensions 5.5" x 0.5" x 7.5" WxHxD
    Weight 0.35 lbs
    Stars Russell Hardie, William Hansen, Edward Binns, Larry Hagman, Fritz Weaver, Henry Fonda, Sorrell Booke, Walter Matthau, Dan O'Herlihy, Frank Overton, Russell Collins
    Directors Sidney Lumet

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    • Fail Safe

      not as much fun as Dr Strangelove, or How I learned to love the bomb but still thought provoking in our current times, if I may be so bold, I can recommend 7 Days in May, buy it from Overstock, I promise if you don't like $arah Palin you will watch that movie more than once

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    • Fail Safe

      This movie takes place during the Cold War between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialst Republics. At one point, it is believed that a Russian aircraft has enter US airspace, and fighter jets are sent to intercept, and to also deliver a nuclear warhead to Moscow, the capital of Russia. Due to techical problems it is not possible to stop the jet when it is discovered that the air alert was a false alarm.

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