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Because of a technical defect an American bomber team mistakenly orders the destruction of Moscow. The President of the United States has but little time to prevent an atomic catastrophe from occurring.
Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.
Documentary featuring interviews with director Sidney Lumet, Fail-Safe (2000) producer George Clooney, star Dan O’Herlihy and screenwriter Walter Bernstein.
Film critic J. Hoberman discusses the best-selling 1962 novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler on which FAIL SAFE is based, along with the pervasiveness of nuclear paranoia in films of the sixties.