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Fail Safe

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Genres: Drama, Thriller
Starring: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver
Director: Sidney Lumet
Plot Synopsis:

This unnerving procedural thriller painstakingly details an all-too-plausible nightmare scenario in which a mechanical failure jams the United States military’s chain of command and sends the country hurtling toward nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Working from a contemporary best seller, screenwriter Walter Bernstein and director Sidney Lumet wrench harrowing suspense from the doomsday fears of the Cold War era, making the most of a modest budget and limited sets to create an atmosphere of clammy claustrophobia and astronomically high stakes. Starring Henry Fonda as a coolheaded U.S. president and Walter Matthau as a trigger-happy political theorist, Fail Safe is a long-underappreciated alarm bell of a film, sounding an urgent warning about the deadly logic of mutually assured destruction.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: January 28th, 2020
    Movie Release Year: 1964
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:112 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.85:1
    Audio Formats:English LPCM Mono
    Special Features:Audio commentary from 2000 featuring director Sidney Lumet
    New interview with film critic J. Hoberman on 1960s nuclear paranoia and Cold War films
    “Fail-Safe” Revisited, a short documentary from 2000 including interviews with Lumet, screenwriter Walter Bernstein, and actor Dan O’Herlihy
    PLUS: An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri