• Fail-Safe (1964)


Release Date: October 7th, 1964

DVD Release Date: October 31st, 2000

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

During the Cold War, U.S. bomber jets are equipped with fail-safe boxes that instruct pilots when and if to attack. When an attack order is inadvertently administered due to a system malfunction, the President of the United States (Henry Fonda) must scramble to fix the mistake before the bombs are dropped on Moscow. He manages to stop almost all the bombers headed for Moscow, except for one determined pilot who manages to complete his mission, with deadly consequences.

Cast: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Dan O'Herlihy, Sorrell Booke, Larry Hagman, Frank Overton, Dom DeLuise

Director: Sidney Lumet

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributors: Columbia Tristar, Columbia TriStar Home Video, GoodTimes Home Video [us], Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Dark, Soldier, Sacrifice, Gripping, New York City, Pursuit, 1950s, Suspenseful, Fall


Nominated United Nations Award
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1966)