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Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.]]>
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This made-for-TV remake was broadcast live in 2000 and I was most impressed. I am a technical flaw-spotting fiend and I only spotted one glitch - I'll let you find it.
The plot is already explained so I'll address the cast - well chosen, and the production values - top-notch. Live TV is most unforgiving and this was pulled-off in good fashion.
Sadly this scenario has been supplanted by terrorism but nevertheless, for those who recall the truly excellent 1964 version, this modern take still manages to grip you with suspense. Once I finish this review I am ordering a copy. You should do the same.
The first few minutes of "Fail Safe" appear to be slow and mundane, but the pace soon quickens to breakneck speed. Don't look away, don't blink, don't even wipe away your tears; you'll want to watch every moment of this tale. And then brace yourself for the jaw-droppingly shocking ending! This film is a must-see for every movie buff and cinephile out there! Fantastic!
If you've never seen "Fail-Safe", it's a Cold war hydrogen bomb nightmare from a book of the same name. An electronic communications system goes awry and sends a nuclear-armed bomber crew at its "fail safe" point on the perimeter of the USSR into the nation with instructions to bomb Moscow. The drama revolves around efforts to recall the bomber and, when that cannot be done, the negotiations that go on with the Soviet Union on what retribution will be taken at home to avoid nuclear war if the bomber fulfills its mission.
The original film was 100 minutes of sheer tension and fright. It arrived on the big screen almost simultaneously with another Cold war nuclear nightmare, "Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" -- Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Special Edition) -- Stanley Kubrick's very similar black comedy. The two films have become blood brothers as the first Cold war era movies about nuclear destruction; both were dreamed up moments after the 1962 Cuban missile criis occurred, the moment in the 20th century when superpowers USA and USSR came the closest to nuclear war, and released months apart in 1964.
Unfortunately, Clooney's remake is a tame and limp retelling of both the book and its foil, the 1964 movie.Read more ›
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A classic film about global nuclear war that is as riveting and insightful today as it was then.
The cast is superb!
Remake of 1960s Cold War drama. I'm not upset about the $8 I spent on the purchase, but wish I could recover the 2 hours of my life I lost watching this low-budget waste of time.Published 4 months ago by Chromeisking
Old style B&W with limited special effects and very little plush scenery, but it will keep you on the edge of your seat and military, aviation and even political enthusiasts will... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bailey McGreggor
Fail Safe...One of my favorites. Saw it when it first was broadcast. Kept hoping it would come on again, but all I find is the original. Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. Boom
One of the all time best, gives you the chills. Rates at the top with the Henry Fonda original.Published 10 months ago by Ghostrider
Cold-War nuclear what if, which tried to build the dramatic tension of an escalating situation, but somehow falls short. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Douglas Stuart Revell
Just to let you know - this is NOT ANAMORPHIC. It is letterboxed within the 1.33:1 frame on wide-screen TV's. (the 2000 TV version)Published 10 months ago by Andrew Hill
I wanted Fail Safe starring Henry Fonda but I just ordered it only by the title and got a revised film. It was my fault not that of Amazon. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sam Micklus
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