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The Man Who Saved the World (2015)

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This documentary is about the Russian Lt. Colonel, Stanislav E. Petrov, who lost everything when deciding not to obey superior orders, and hereby changing the fate of the world.

Cast

Oleg Kassin
as Major Orlov
Sergey Shnyryov
as Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov
Igor Chernyavskiy
as Assistant to Main Control Operative
Girts Jakovlevs
as Col. General Votintsev
Vilis Daudzins
as Main Control Operative: Visual Channel
Mihails Karasikovs
as Algorithmic Specialist
Igor Filippov
as Main Control Operative
Ieva Aleksandrova
as Algorithmic Specialist
Girts Kesteris
as Main Operative
Gerts Kesteris
as Main Operative
Levs Retniks
as Officer
Rodions Kuzmins
as Visual Channel Officer
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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

The mix of the intensely personal with the global keeps "The Man Who Saved the World" from feeling too politically preachy.

September 25, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

Even if it does feature Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov visiting America to be feted at the United Nations and rubbing elbows with glitterati, the film is a disingenuous, thoroughly dramatized reenactment at best and a reality show at worst.

September 24, 2015 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"I was just at the right place at the right time," Mr. Petrov says, a simple truth that becomes shocking when considering the alternative. For that alone, this account of a Cold War near miss deserves a wide audience.

September 17, 2015 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

Petrov is such a potent figure that he survives the heavy-handedness, but he is in some ways best served by Sergey Shnyryov's fantastic rendering of him in flashback.

September 15, 2015 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

A nail-biting Cold War story, but this doc isn't as gripping as it should be.

May 11, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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The Man Who Saved the World remains an interesting and unique telling of an important story.

February 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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