Drama | English | 112 minutes
During the height of the Cold War, U.S. radar spots an unidentified aircraft in American airspace. Soon after, the intruder is identified as an off-course American plane. A computer error signals American Bomber Group 6 to prepare for a nuclear attack on Moscow. Colonel Jack Grady, the group’s commander, obeys the order. A terrified president orders a recall of Bomber Group 6, or, if that’s not possible, to shoot them down. The president struggles to find a solution to avert massive destruction. As the Group 6 bombers approach Moscow, they are destroyed, except for Grady’s plane. Dropping a nuclear bomb on Moscow remains a possibility. Will a computer error, a miscalculation, result in a nuclear catastrophe?
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 93%
- Metacritic Score: 75
- BAFTA Awards: Nominated, Best Director (Sidney Lumet)
- Laurel Awards: Nominated, Best Drama; Best Dramatic Performance (Henry Fonda
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FAIL SAFE is a tense and suspenseful piece of filmmaking dealing with the frightening implications of accidental nuclear warfare. It faithfully translates on the screen the power and seething drama of the Eugene Burdick-Harvey Wheeler book.
FAIL SAFE is definitely in the area of those films that are important and are going to be talked about. And it packs a melodramatic wallop that will rattle a lot of chattering teeth.
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