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Countdown to Zero (2010)

PG | | Documentary | 30 July 2010 (USA)
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A documentary about how the likelihood of nuclear weapons (or fissile materials) usage has increased due to the rise of terrorism and lack of safeguards and verification.

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Lucy Walker

Writer:

Lucy Walker
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Graham Allison ... Himself
James Baker III ... Himself
Bruce Blair ... Himself
Tony Blair ... Himself
Zbigniew Brzezinski ... Himself
Matthew Bunn ... Himself
Richard Burt ... Himself
Jimmy Carter ... Himself
Mike Chinoy ... Himself
Joseph Cirincione ... Himself
Richard Cizik ... Himself
Thomas D'Agostino ... Himself
F.W. de Klerk ... Himself
Pascal Fias Pascal Fias ... Himself
Alexander Glaser ... Himself
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A documentary about how the likelihood of nuclear weapons (or fissile materials) usage has increased due to the rise of terrorism and lack of safeguards and verification.

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Demand Zero. See more »

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, images of destruction and incidental smoking | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Numaratoare inversa See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,307, 25 July 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$271,323, 4 October 2010
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Trivia

Seeing Al Gore receive the Nobel Peace Prize for An Inconvenient Truth (2006) prompted producer Lawrence Bender to ask Lucy Walker if she would be interested in making a film about nuclear weapons. See more »

Quotes

John F. Kennedy: The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us.
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Features Missile (1988) See more »

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Chemistry
Written by Josh Homme, James Lavelle, Richard File, and Chris Goss
Performed by Unkle
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Luck and tragedy have everything to do with it.
9 September 2011 | by zaknaudSee all my reviews

Firstly I understand how many people will feel after watching this movie. That another liberal agenda is being played up and the end to nuclear armament is just asking for terrorism to advance within our country, you couldn't be more wrong. Being in the military for almost ten years it was my experience that most folks get three things wrong when they think about someone using such a device in our country. One, they believe that it comes from a country. This kind of terrorism has no country and has no head to govern it, merely opportunity. The idea that you can "nuke them back" gets a little complicated when the bomb may come from a diplomatically friendly country or even from within our own. Two that such a device is complicated and needs teams of people and money to create, not so. Such a device can be crudely manufactured with a lead pipe 4gm of enriched plutonium and a shotgun shell. The devices themselves do not need to be complex to kill several thousand people, and the people setting them off probably have no qualms about killing themselves in the process. A crudely made machine can be made from almost anything you can find in a hardware store and those items are so everyday that they will not raise any FBI flags. Lastly, Three that there is a solution to such a problem. There isn't one. While the film makes a proud gesture at telling us that all we need to do is this... That is a pipe dream and besides we have gone to far down the path of destruction to make it any better. So in all of this what might be the way to make any of these problems go away. Again I'm sorry to say, nothing. We now have to live in a world where this "might" happen any day at any time. The only thing we can do is hope that we find better ways of detecting potential threats than by clandestinely stumbling into them. The movie is a gem in terms of showing that the "human" part of these weapons is the most dangerous part of them. With respect to our last president he finger that could push the button was also attached to the brain of a recovering alcoholic judgment should be reserved for the viewer and their experience but keep in mind that these things however embellished are real and are waiting right within and outside your door.


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