Fail Safe (2000)


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A seemingly-minor electronic error sets the world on the verge of nuclear annihilation in this made-for-TV adaptation of the novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler (which was previously filmed in 1964). Due to the burn-out of a piece of circuitry, a computer orders a U.S. Air Force jet on a strategic bombing raid, destroying targets in Russia with nuclear weapons. As Generals Bogan (Brian Dennehy) and Black (Harvey Keitel) desperately search for a way to recall the planes once the mistake … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Walter Bernstein, Eugene L. Burdick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 5, 2007



as Col. Jack Grady

as The President

as Gen. Black

as Professor Groetesche...

as Gen. Bogan

as Gordon Knapp

as Congressman Raskob

as Col. Cascio

as Secretary Swenson

as General Stark

as Mrs. Johnson

as Betty Black

as Sgt. Collins

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All Critics (5)

Dreyfuss se sai particularmente bem nesta mais do que eficiente versão do material que deu origem ao ótimo filme de Lumet. E o fato de ter sido encenado ao vivo é algo que contribui bastante para o tom de urgência exigido pela narrativa.

February 5, 2009
Cinema em Cena can't be denied by any means the caliber of talent that's spread throughout these 84 minutes.

Full Review… | June 6, 2007
Film Threat

This is one of the most notable television projects in recent memory.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007

It's not quite as gripping or suspenseful as the earlier theatrical movie, but with a great cast, it's almost as good.

Full Review… | June 3, 2007
Movie Metropolis

It's a fabulous original film and a worthwhile redo -- but it comes about 20 years too late.

Full Review… | October 19, 2004

Audience Reviews for Fail Safe


For all intents and purposes, a live TV version of Sidney Lumet's classic cold war thriller. A great cast even if some of the casting decisions leave you scratching your head. (Hank Azaria in the Walter Matthau role?) For the most part, the TV version copies the film version verbatim with the exception of George Clooney and Don Cheadle trying to add a little social relevence and a serious dumbing down of Azaria's/Matthau's role. A great companion to the original even if it doesn't quite touch it.

Michael Gildea

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