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 has been discovered, the bomber's commander, Col. Grady (George Clooney) sets out on his mission with grim determination, while the President (Richard Dreyfuss) and his translator (Noah Wyle) stay in contact with the Soviet premier, trying to convince him that this was all a terrible mistake. Fail Safe was first presented as a live television broadcast which aired on CBS on April 9, 2000. The supporting cast includes Hank Azaria, Don Cheadle, James Cromwell, and Sam Elliott. Star George Clooney spearheaded the unique project and served as executive producer.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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George Clooney
as Col. Jack Grady
Richard Dreyfuss
as The President
Noah Wyle
as Buck
Harvey Keitel
as Gen. Black
Hank Azaria
as Professor Groeteschele
Brian Dennehy
as Gen. Bogan
James Cromwell
as Gordon Knapp
Sam Elliott
as Congressman Raskob
John Diehl
as Col. Cascio
Don Cheadle
as Pierce
Bill Smitrovich
as General Stark
Doris Belack
as Mrs. Johnson
Cynthia Ettinger
as Betty Black
Tommy Hinkley
as Sgt. Collins
Grant Heslov
as Navigator
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Critic Reviews for Fail Safe

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 5, 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.

October 19, 2004

Audience Reviews for Fail Safe

Really good anti-war flick! Juxtaposes modern with vintage with great pace and feel. A movie with fantastic actors that really makes you THINK!

Gary Vaughan
Gary Vaughan

Fail Safe is an apt marriage of two odd concepts - a remake of the original and a live television drama.

David Underwood
David Underwood

An outstanding movie. The entire cast is jammed packed with talent. They all acted amazingly in its live performance. Imagine my delight when it came out on dvd recently. I was afraid I'd never see it again.

Seth Broadfield
Seth Broadfield

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