Fail Safe

  • 1964
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, War

Released only seven months after DR. STRANGELOVE by the very same studio, the virtually identical, albeit totally serious, FAIL SAFE was a relative failure at the box office. Kubrick had gone to Columbia's top brass and threatened a plagiarism lawsuit. (His film was based on Peter George's almost unknown novel Red Alert.) Since Columbia was distributing...read more

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Fail Safe - Official Trailer
01:21 — George Clooney and Noah Wyle head an all-star cast in this tense and powerful Cold War thriller performed live on network TV (CBS). An electrical malf (more…)
(Movie Clip) Nightmare, Opening
Dan O'Herlihy, as General Black, features in the nightmare sequence and opening credits to Fail-Safe 1964, directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Henry Fo (more…)
(Movie Clip) Toughen The Men
Nuclear expert Groeteschele (Walter Matthau) and worried General Black (Dan O'Herlihy), jousting in the war room as the crisis looms, in Sidney Lumet' (more…)
(Movie Clip) This Is Our Chance!
Engineer Knapp (Russell Collins), Colonel Cascio (Fritz Weaver) et al at missile command, Secretary Swenson (William Hansen) presiding in the war room (more…)
(Movie Clip) Convicts And File Clerks
First scene for nuclear war theorist Groeteschele (Walter Matthau), holding court at a Washington cocktail party, diplomat Foster (Dana Elcar) objecti (more…)
(Movie Clip) Who Gives That Order?
First scene for translator Buck (Larry Hagman) and the president (Henry Fonda), going underground at the start of the nuclear crisis, consulting with (more…)

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  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Released only seven months after DR. STRANGELOVE by the very same studio, the virtually identical, albeit totally serious, FAIL SAFE was a relative failure at the box office. Kubrick had gone to Columbia's top brass and threatened a plagiarism lawsuit. (Hi… (more)

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