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Secrets of the Dead: The Man Who Saved the World (2012)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009B0L3L0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,065 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This film explores the dramatic and little-known events that unfolded inside a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine during the Cuban Missile Crisis. While politicians sought a solution to the stand-off, Vasili Arkhipov, an officer aboard the submarine, refused to fire a nuclear torpedo, thus averting disaster. The program combines tense drama with eyewitness accounts and expert testimony about a critical event during the Cold War.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating January 25, 2013
I think that this episode is one of the best done by Secrets of the Dead. It was very interesting and chilling to know that one man prevented WWIII and possibly the destruction of the world. It's good to know a little something about the nuclear submarine K-19 (nicknamed the Widowmaker) before you watch this episode.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Antidote to Violence November 5, 2013
Dr. the story plausible? I was alive during the Cuban missile crisis - and yes Americans thought that world wide nuclear destruction was possible if the commanders in chief of the two nuclear powers were reckless in their decision making. Alas, I never understood that the Soviets made the colossal mistake of giving power to destroy the earth to much lower level submarine officers - men who could act without clear orders from the Kremlin. When one Russian submarine was being harassed by American destroyers during the crisis, the vessel captain thought the superpowers had already started World War III. So...the commander of the vessel gave the unthinkable order to launch his "secret weapon" immediately. Thankfully, military protocol required two other persons on the submarine to agree with his decision. One did not. Our savior? Basil Archipov.

As it turned out, naval officer Basil Archipov had earlier been on board a Russian nuclear submarine K-19 which had serious reactor problems. It unleashed deadly radiation and killed quite a few crew members trying to deal with the problem. Officer Archipov knew first hand the horrors of atomic radiation and he must have used that experience to veto the decision to launch nuclear bombs at the United States. (Later he died from that radiation)

When too many are using guns or car bombs to attack civilians, innocents, even children, it is reassuring to know that there are still clear thinking individuals who have the sense to put an end to "grand violence."

From my heart, I thank you Mr. Archipov; I do hope your wisdom and restraint prevails in the future.

I gave the movie 4 stars rather than 5 because it only hints at the Soviet dissatisfaction with Basil Archipov and the submarine crew when the vessel limped back to Russia after being forced to surface and return home. That part of the story needs to be told also.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done! September 14, 2013
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I plan on getting 4 more and using them as gifts.We found it very informative, reasonably priced and historical as well
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5.0 out of 5 stars great documentary August 10, 2013
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I was there an didn't know this was going on at the time. I've always felt this is the closest we have ever been to WWIII
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