Fail Safe (1964)

1964 • 112 minutes
75 reviews
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One of the greatest anti-war thrillers ever, FAIL-SAFE stars Henry Fonda, Walter Mathau, 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, theAmerican 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 overMoscow. A four-star techno-thriller that builds tension and suspense with every tick of the nuclearclock. (Original Title - Fail Safe (1964)) © 1963, renewed 1991 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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75 reviews
July 22, 2017
I first seen this movie at 12 years old in the 70s. I thought it was cool, but I really didn't get what they were driving at. Watching it again 35 years later, the movie took on a whole new meaning and somewhat disturbing observations. It's much deeper than the basic plot. "The economy depends on it" Let's see if you can pick up on the importance of that statement by Walter mathau. Enjoy!!
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Kenny Shorter
October 17, 2019
I give this movie 5 stars I saw this movie as a kid in the late sixties and I just was trans fixed on how a president can drop a nuclear bomb on New York City didn't mean much to me at the time but as years went on I believe that this could never. But we have a president in office right now who has power to the point of absolute power and has pushed every button against our constitution what would this President do next what do we need to do to ensure the integrity of the office of the President we must pay attention to what's going on we are in a constitutional crisis
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Abe Cabrera
April 19, 2020
I watched this as a kid and it still gives me a cold sweat at the end when the phone, you know is melting you can see it in your minds eye." The matador the matador is me"!!
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