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It's Dr. Strangelove, but without the laughs. Fail Safe, made within a year of Strangelove and at the height of cold war atomic anxiety, posits a similar nightmare scenario. A U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered toward Moscow, ready to drop its load. The U.S. president (Henry Fonda) and various military and congressional leaders must then scramble to deal with the disaster. The built-in suspense is well maintained by director Sidney Lumet, working from a script by former blacklisted writer Walter Bernstein. The solemn, serious approach doesn't begin to touch the brilliance of Strangelove's inspired take on the nuclear nightmare, but Fail Safe is absorbing and well acted (a memorable role for Walter Matthau, for instance). The movie enters unexpected territory in its final minutes; conditioned for feel-good endings, viewers are still genuinely shocked by the plot turns in the final reels. The climax comes as a sobering slap in the face, intriguingly staged by Lumet. Now that the cold war has passed on into history, Fail Safe stands as--thank goodness--an interesting period piece. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I received the product, but the whole 'get it within the next 48 hours using Prime' was a bogus as one could endure. Days turned into well over a week and some. Read morePublished 22 months ago by D.W.
A highly recommended cold-war period piece that artfully tells the story of humanity's dance with a weapon they invented but, thankfully, learned they could not use - the... Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2010 by VancouverDougp
In 1965, a serious nuclear movie called "Fail Safe" was released. Henry Fonda is the President. A computer glitch launches The Bomb for the U.S.S.R. Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Steven R. Travers
Very good at keeping your attention. Interesting to see so many great actors in one movie and still young. An excellent flix.Published on Oct. 19 2003
I wasn't even born when this film came out. I believe FAIL-SAFE is one of the most important films of it's time. And, all too real for it's day. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2003 by slider
This film is interesting only in the fact that it is an odd relic of anti-Cold War propaganda; a pacifist film touting a suicidal philosophy of disarmament. Read morePublished on May 24 2003
Though I liked Dr. Strangelove more, this film is still a powerful, on the edge of your seat thriller. Henry Fonda gave an unforgetable performance as the president under fire. Read morePublished on March 29 2003 by smoothjazzandmore