FAIL-SAFE (1964)









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Brief Movie Synopsis [courtesy of Turner Classic Movies]:

A failure in the U.S. defense system
threatens to start World War III.






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"Sidney Lumet has directed ['Fail-Safe'] in a fast-paced, nervous fashion that gives it momentum and suspense. It is played well, too, by all the actors, especially by Henry Fonda as the President, Frank Overton as the top SAC general and Fritz Weaver as an Omaha colonel who goes berserk in the clutch. In its favor, too, is the fact that it does not make its characters out to be maniacs and monsters and morons. It makes them out to be intelligent men trying to use their wits and their techniques to correct an error that has occurred through overreliance on the efficiency of machines. I would not say that the solution of the dilemma seems to me a sensible or likely one,
but it is, at least, a valid shocker that induces the viewer to think."

-- Excerpt from The New York Times; September 16, 1964



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