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Fail-Safe Reviews

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September 13, 2013
Watched it right after watching the remake. Great movie of the era. Absolutely tragic, cold, and terrifying as the time it was made in.
½ August 21, 2013
A realistic suspenseful drama showing all problems and solutions to nuclear war. It shows mistrust and problems of current and potential policy. It seems to have an underlying liberal feel, but regardless these are important issues.

Fonda has good writing to make him believable as president. Matthau plays the hawkish realist professor and Dom deluis also has a young role as a sgt in the war room.
½ August 19, 2013
Brilliantly acted and starlky realistic cold war' what if?' thriller with Henry Fonda as the President f the United States, Walter Matthau, Frank Overton, Dan O'Herlihy and Larry Hagman.
August 11, 2013
One of my all time favorite movies. The movie is raw tension without ever leaving the confines of interior sets. The acting is phenomenal. Henry Fonda is perfect as the president. Larry Hagman shows his ability as an actor when you compare this role with his eventual role as J.R. Ewing. Dom Delouise even makes premiere as a very put-upon technical sergeant. I would like to say that this movie is an example of how tension and suspense can be created without explosion and unbelievable situations, but I think this movie must be somewhat of an anomaly because nothing comes close to it. The only thing I have seen that can match the same atmosphere is the brief part of Close Encounter of the Third Kind with the air traffic controllers (which is my favorite part of that movie). Fail-Safe is not for everyone though. You have to have an understanding of the nuclear tension between the USA and the old USSR to fully grasp the scope of the dilemma. I can not count the number of times I have watched this movie, and I will stop and watch it every time it comes on.
July 26, 2013
Its a thought provoking movie. its derived from the same book as Dr. Strangelove. I had already seen Strangelove, but yet this one had me engaged throughout. Lumet magic.
June 10, 2013
Cautionary tale about not over-reacting... and all those implications. A must see.
Super Reviewer
May 31, 2013
a what if for nuclear warfare
May 16, 2013
Chilling. Absolutely Chilling. One of the most silencing films I have ever seen.
½ May 5, 2013
Tense, new-world thriller.
Isaac
Super Reviewer
½ March 24, 2013
Once it picks up after its slow start, Fail-Safe is a riveting, quickly-paced Cold War thriller with a stunning conclusion. It's a shame it was so overshadowed by Stanley Kubrick's similar (albeit comedic) work.
January 29, 2013
Tense, scary, and filled with great performances.
January 12, 2013
Quite possibly the best depiction of the Cold War EVER made besides "7 Days in May" or "Dr. Strangelove". The paranoia, the mistrust of the era. The Soviets and U.S. locked in mutual suspicion. The President's end game is unthinkable.

The similarities from the comedy Strangelove and Fail-Safe, when watched back to back are astounding. One was a comedy, one a drama. The dialog and sets are nearly the same!

"During the early 1960s, Cold War tensions existing between the United States and the Soviet Union are heightened. An accidental thermonuclear first-strike attack by a group of United States Vindicator bombers (Convair B-58 Hustler aircraft) are launched in a mission against Moscow (the capital of what was then the Soviet Union)."---Wikipedia

Captivating, suspenseful drama, will leave most of you on the edge of your seats despite the retro clothing and sets. The appearance of the young and late Larry Hagman as interpreter for the President, Henry Fonda, are fantastic.

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Sixties comedian Dom Delouise plays a brief role as the unlikely supplier of crucial information that will explode U.S. bombers on target to Moscow.... all a tragic mistake of electronic failure, something which is ironically dismissed by a paragraph at the end of the film by the Federal government.

Reviews by RT folk:

100%
Best thing I've seen in ages. Starts feeling a little cold and untidy, but the tension soon starts to build and doesn't stop.

70%
Brutal decisions are made in this believably serious Strangelove alternative.

90%
You could cut the tension with a knife.

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NOTES:

1 When Fail-Safe opened, it garnered excellent reviews, but its box-office performance was poor. Its failure rested with the similarity between it and the mutually assured destruction satire Dr. Strangelove, which appeared in theaters first. Despite this, the film later was applauded as a Cold War thriller.

2 Fail-Safe and Dr. Strangelove were both produced by Columbia Pictures in the period after the Cuban Missile Crisis, when people became much more sensitive to the threat of nuclear war.
December 7, 2012
Looks like it could be a good movie, will keep my eyes peeled.
November 25, 2012
Best thing I've seen in ages. Starts feeling a little cold and untidy, but the tension soon starts to build and doesn't stop.

Walter Matthau as a straight actor was astonishingly good at being evil and Larry Hagman did a fine job with the nervous translator.

Sorry Stanley, but I enjoyed this far more than Dr Strangelove.

Sidney Lumet keeps making great films through the decades. Just saw Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. Amazing to think of The Hill, 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon... that's some legacy.
November 24, 2012
Excellent movie. Real tension despite its age. Acting good and very sobering story. Would have been very terrifying for people at the time living through the Cold War.
½ November 23, 2012
Brutal decisions are made in this believably serious Strangelove alternative.
October 28, 2012
Dr. Strangelove without the laughs.
½ October 27, 2012
A computer malfunction sends US planes to bomb Moscow with nuclear weapons as the President negotiates with the Soviets not to retaliate. Whoops. Sorry about our mistake. Henry Fonda makes a trustworthy President. I would vote for him.
½ October 1, 2012
You could cut the tension with a knife.
September 10, 2012
Tense Cold-War drama about a military bomber group loaded with nuclear weapons that through a series of improbable circumstances is given the order to bomb Moscow. The term fail-safe is used to describe a couple of scenarios, the first is a point on the map where once the planes pass it means they are to attack the second describes a device that is meant to prevent just such a situation from happening. The majority of the film is shot in three locations; the war department in the Pentagon, an Air Force command center, and a bomb shelter below the White House. Henry Fonda is the President, he portrays him with the somber grace that we all hope our President can perform under in an unwinnable situation. The film is shot in B&W which proves very effective given the minimal sets and enhances the drama. Since the film is set in mainly the three rooms we follow the path of the attacking planes by white dots on a large map on the wall and with the B&W film it gives these dots a ghostly appearance. As the bombers get closer to their target the emotion of what is right and what is wrong becomes less clear, do you do what is right for your country and fail humanity or do you do what is right for humanity and fail your country. In perhaps what is the most stirring and unbelievable sacrifice we have seen in film, the President orders that if the bombs strike Moscow he orders a similar attack on New York, a city for a city, to prevent war. It is the best example of a time past and the distrust that each side felt for each other during the Cold War. It also shows what everyone already knew that no matter what the other side did no one would win and that even if the 50's are considered the "good old days" there was a dark cloud hanging over them.
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