Command and Control

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Command and Control takes a riveting look at the American nuclear program that offers some disturbing insights -- and raises some immensely troubling questions.

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Woven through the Damascus story is a riveting history of America's nuclear weapons program, from World War II through the Cold War, much of it based on recently declassified documents. A cautionary tale of freak accidents, near misses, human fallibility and extraordinary heroism, Command and Control forces viewers to confront the great dilemma that the U.S. has faced since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?

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  • Survivors give gripping accounts of events, while journalist Eric Schlosser (on whose book the documentary is based) explains that the risks of an accidental nuclear-weapon explosion have always been much higher than we imagined.

    Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • As a child, I worried about nuclear war. It never occurred to me that I should have been worried about a nuclear accident.

    Oct 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The inescapable conclusion is that we have more to fear from our own human error than from our enemies' malevolence.

    Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…
  • There's an important story to tell here, one about the risks created by the very people and things we employ to keep us secure, but not enough to fill the 92-minute runtime.

    Oct 5, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A terrifying documentary that'll have your heart racing as fast as any Hollywood thriller, Kenner's film reveals that, due to a range of errors and accidents, we were very close, more than once, to detonating a nuke on our own soil.

    Sep 30, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Lots of documentaries these days will tell you to be afraid, to be very afraid, but few will scare you as coolly and as convincingly as "Command and Control."

    Sep 29, 2016 | Full Review…

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