Fail-Safe (1964)

When a misguided transmission sends a squadron of bombers hurtling towards Russia, fully prepared to drop their atomic weaponry on Moscow, an Air Force commander desperately tries to establish radio contact with the planes, but once the… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 7, 1964
DVD Release Date: October 31, 2000
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It packs a melodramatic wallop that will rattle a lot of chattering teeth.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

An impressive and disturbing brink-of-doom thriller.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

The cold war gets hot in this nuclear disaster film.

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Variety Staff

It faithfully translates on the screen the power and seething drama of the Eugene Burdick-Harvey Wheeler book.

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Not only a damn good thriller, but a terrifying account of how easily such technology can malfunction.

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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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Time Out

Lumet sensibly avoids pyrotechnics in favour of tightening the psychological screws ...

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TV Guide

Grim, bleak and highly claustrophobic ...

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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.

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Kevin M. Williams
Old school psychological drama tightly wrapped around the question of limited nuclear engagement, still something of a conundrum in the mid-60s. In the fashion… 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
Lanning : )
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