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Fail-Safe Reviews

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½ January 19, 2014
Close "Dr. Strangelove", but in a serious way (well, unless you thing Dr. Strangelove is more realistic, which can be perfectly feasible), it is not strange that it was not a success with the hard issues it talks about. Lumet goes to the limit -even too much- to show us the dangers of a nuclear war and to let the machines too much of our decisions. Very hard to watch because it is very intense.
October 27, 2013
Fail-Safe is mostly remembered because it was released the same time as Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, and as a consequence, failed tremendously at the box office. Both films feature the same subject matter and even the same sort of story, but this one plays it completely straight and in a very bleak way. It doesn't feature a whole lot of big names other than Walter Matthau and Henry Fonda (both of whom are great), but it's troubled by a lax pace. That's the only thing really holding it back, because the performances, the dialogue, the cinematography and the direction are all really great. Sidney Lumet did well with this one and even though I love Dr. Strangelove, this a more suitable tackling of the subject matter, I suppose... that is, if you're wanting to take it more seriously.
October 14, 2013
Could a little mechanical mistake trigger a nuclear war? Such a possibility seemed more plausible in 1964 perhaps when Lumet's Fail-Safe and Kubrick's Strangelove were both released, the former dead serious but overshadowed by the latter's satire. Today, it seems more likely that a dirty suitcase bomb will wreak havoc rather than mutually assured annihilation (although the doomsday clock, which now includes threats from climate change and other imminent disasters, is still set at five minutes to midnight). Lumet's film is tense and frightening, with the suspense generated by the distrust between the Americans and the Soviets and the necessity for one to believe the other truly made a mistake rather than an intentional first strike (which some, including political scientist Walter Mathau and defense Colonel Fritz Weaver, are advocating anyway). Henry Fonda is the level-headed and compassionate US president and Larry Hagman is his interpreter to assist with the delicate communication to the Russians (handled in a nice bit of acting by these two). Low budget and framed by a weird dream sequence, but gut-wrenching if you think about the power that politicians really wield.
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.
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