FAIL-SAFE (1964)

fail safe

A film by  Sidney Lumet 

Cast: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver

A  a misguided communication sent an  American bombers to nuke Moscow. The President, in order to convince the Soviets that this is a mistake, orders the Strategic Air Command to help the Soviets stop them.

Here is a great film from Lumet who passed away a few years ago. It is a look at computer error and what might happen if it really happen in real life. Back then in the 60’s Nuclear war was a scary as of today with nuclear terrorist. Fail safe is still frighting today as it was back then she the film came out. It has a suspenseful script with a great cast in it. Henry Fonda plays the president dam well a good choice there. You might not expect him to play this kind of role with the body of work that he has. Then there is Larry Hangman who play buck the translator, he looks young and slim in shape as he can be. In the Pentagon war room, Walter Matthau plays scientist Groeteschele also young and in shape, he also uses his comic skills like in any other film. He believe that the world would be a better place if there would bomb the Soviet Union. Fail safe is based on the novel of the same name.  The movie is told in a room deep underground like a bunker and that is brilliant it build up tension and suspense. The Soviet Union have bombers equipped with nuclear bombs in the air at all times. If an alert comes, they proceed to their fail-safe points and await a stand-down order or wait for an order.  Once the Plane passes it fail safe point the pilot keeps going don’t matter what even if he his order to stand down. One day a plane drift to the U.S from the soviet union a bomber is sent to see if it is an attack. But the Americans experience interference with their radio. The interference causes the computer to sent a go order to one of the bomber. The tension build in this film to a hight level. The thing is that Dr. Strange love came out at the same year and this one but it is the funny version. This is a great film do not miss it .




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