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Special Bulletin (1983)





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Advertised as "a realistic depiction of fictional events," the harrowing speculative drama Special Bulletin was shot on videotape and staged as an actual late-breaking news event. The story concerns a group of anti-nuclear activists who take over the waterfront of Charleston, South Carolina. The group wants the 968 nuclear warheads located in the Charleston area to be disarmed immediately; if this demand is not met, the activists will detonate their own nuclear device. Written by Marshall Herskovitz and directed by Ed Zwick (who would later collaborate on the TV series thirtysomething), the Emmy-winning Special Bulletin first aired on March 20, 1983. This initial broadcast was accompanied by repeated disclaimers, assuring the audience that what was transpiring on their TV screens was not really happening. Even so, the production was so authentic-looking (right down to the fabricated previews of upcoming network dramatic programs) that thousands of panicky viewers called in to NBC, demanding further information on the siege of Charleston.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Marshall Herskovitz
On DVD: Mar 27, 1991
Warner Bros.


David Clennon
as Dr. Bruce Lyman
Ed Flanders
as John Woodley
Rosalind Cash
as Frieda Barton
Kathryn Walker
as Susan Myles
Frank Dent
as Dr. Jason Halpern
Roxanne Hart
as Megan Barclay
Peter Hobbs
as Jonathan E. Herman
Roberta Maxwell
as Diane Silverman
David Rasche
as Dr. David McKeeson
Ebbe Roe Smith
as Jim Seaver
Lane Smith
as Morton Sanders
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All Critics (2)

keeps you staring at the screen

April 24, 2008

[A]as much a lampoon on the media as it is an expression of cultural anxieties about nuclear weapons...

Full Review… | August 6, 2005
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for Special Bulletin

A 1980's TV movie done as a newscast about terrorists threatening to blow up Charleston, SC with a nuke that is as much about the role the media plays in events as it is about the possibility of nuclear terrorism. The realistic setting keeps you watching, and the ending (which i won't spoil) is heart wrenching and terrifying at the same time.

Devin C

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