It is the Cold War. The world stands on the brink of nuclear catastrophe as tensions simmer between the US and the Soviet Union. When a US bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear bomb on Moscow, it looks as if the fateful decision for all-out war will be taken by both sides. Having past the point of no return, Colonel Jack Grady (George Clooney) pilots his bomber into Soviet territory, refusing to yield to verbal commands to turn back. The U.S. President (Richard Dreyfuss) and his young interpreter Buck (Noah Wyle) plunge into a crisis of split second decision-making in order to avert disaster.
Star studded cast
- Fail Safe review by Rubber Ducky
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A host of stars join the cast for a brilliant Clooney production, ably directed by Stephen Frears. The camera style is unusual for a film; it feels more like a TV drama or a play and the black and white medium adds to the nostalgia. Set in the cold war era, probably the 60's, it's a story of machine induced error causing a nuclear disaster between USA and the Soviet Union. Tense and thought provoking. The acting is superb; Dreyfuss as the President is outstanding.