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A non-NATO nuclear missile is fired from Turkey at USSR, where it detonates. Soviet response is automatic as it's seen as a NATO missile. Can continued escalation be avoided? We follow the US president and a bomber crew.

Director:

Jack Sholder

Writers:

William Prochnau (novel), Bruce Gilbert (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Powers Boothe ... Cassidy
Rebecca De Mornay ... Moreau (as Rebecca DeMornay)
James Earl Jones ... Alice
Martin Landau ... President
Darren McGavin ... Condor
Rip Torn ... Colonel Fargo
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Harpoon
Peter MacNicol ... Sedgwick
Glenn Withrow ... Tyler
Ronald William Lawrence ... Hooker
Kieran Mulroney ... Radnor
Nicolas Coster ... General Renning - 'Icarus'
Ken Jenkins ... Looking Glass Colonel - 'Sam'
Randal Patrick Randal Patrick ... O'Toole
Daniel Benzali ... Bascombe
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Storyline

The crew of a nuclear bomber attack the Soviet Union while the President of the United States tries desperately to regain control of his military after his helicopter crashes during a limited nuclear exchange in this film with a scenario similar to Fail-Safe (1964) and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). Originally a made for cable movie, it concentrates on the relationship between a veteran pilot and his female co-pilot and the president's attempt to wrest control away from a war-mongering successor. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Taglines:

Four People. Three Minutes. Two Choices. One Chance For Survival.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Matte World Digital

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

24 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grand Tour See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The call-sign of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress aircraft was "POLAR BEAR 1". See more »

Goofs

The computer map of Central and Eastern Europe, as shown on the great display (ca. 7:55) has at least three errors. First, the central part of the map (including Poland, Czechoslovakia and Austria) is somewhat squished and out-of-proportions (most notably, it caused Warsaw to move significantly south from its actual position, and both Poland and Austria's borders are visibly different from their actual shapes). Second, and probably the most glaring error, is that according to that map, distance from Warsaw to Berlin and from Warsaw to Moscow is roughly the same; this locates Moscow somewhere in midwestern Belarus (!), as the distance from Warsaw to Moscow is at least 2.5 times bigger than from Warsaw to Berlin. A minor error is that Russian (now Ukrainian) city of Kharkov is misspelled as "Kharov". See more »

Quotes

Moreau: I'm calling a cab.
Cassidy: Now that's just stupid.
Moreau: Why? You wouldn't want them to see you dropping me off, would you? It might violate PRP.
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Soundtracks

DON'T CALL HIM A COWBOY
Written by Debbie Hupp, Johnny MacRae and Bob Morrison
Performed by Conway Twitty
Courtesy Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products, Music City Music Inc.
(administered by EMI April Music Inc) and Southern Days Music (administered by CMI)
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Smoking won't kill you as fast a nuclear war!
17 August 2015 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

This made for television movie is about the Soviet Union during the Cold War years attacking America with nuclear bombs. The cast is first rate with Emmy winners James Earl Jones and Powers Boothe along with Rebecca DeMornay, Martin Landau, Rip Torn, Darren McGavin, Peter McNichol, Nicolas Coaster, Daniel Benzali, and others. The film is outdated now sincere Cold War has been over for some time. The film shows the fear of nuclear attacks during the Cold War. The film shows the possibility of life and terror. I didn't get the ending of the film at all as to what really happened to the planes. They do give you final notes about what was going on. Thank God, it's not based on reality.


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