Fail-Safe (1964)

In this film, a misguided transmission sends a squadron of bombers hurtling towards Russia. Air Force commander Frank Overton desperately tries to establish radio contact with the bombers, but once the pilots have passed the "fail… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 31, 2000
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

The cold war gets hot in this nuclear disaster film.

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Dennis Schwartz
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Tense, chilling and earnest Cold War political thriller.

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Emanuel Levy

Lumet's tense political drama is riveting, but unfortunately it was released the same year as Kubrick's similarly-themed Dr. Strangelove, which was a satire and more thus more popular

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Still impressive Cold War thriller from a time when WW III seemed inevitable.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Lumet, o mais subestimado dos diretores, mantém a tensão sempre constante, extraindo ainda grandes atuações de seu elenco e investindo num desfecho impactante e corajoso.

John Urbancich
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Wow! One of the scariest black and white films of all time.

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This is the flip-side of the coin upon which you find <i> Dr. Strangelove. </i> Riveting performances and incredibly tense telephone exchanges lead… More
Ken Stachnik
How do more people not know about this movie? It's amazingly good. I actually screamed holy shit 4 separate times.
Pierluigi Puccini
An incredibly dramatic and intense depiction of the exagerated armamentistic career and the state of paranoia among superpowers, triggered not only by… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Gen. Stark: They're good men, we've seen to that. If their orders are to attack, the only way you'll stop them is to shoot them down. Brigadier… More
Aj V
This movie is pretty much exactly the same as Dr. Strangelove except that it's more dialogue driven, as Lumet's movies usually are. It also has some… More
xGary Xx
A brilliant drama made at the height of the cold war in which US president Henry Fonda must use all means at his disposal to avert a nuclear war from being… More