September 26th 1983 - the cold war-era Soviet missile detection system flags five incoming missiles from the United States. Protocol dictates an immediate response, and the firing of retaliatory nuclear warheads, before it is too late. "The Man Who Saved the World" is the astonishing true story of Lt. Colonel Stanislav E. Petrov, the man, who, for a few short minutes, held the fate of the world in his hands, as he decided whether to authorise a Soviet strike back, or to follow his instinct and wait, risking the wrath of his superiors, and the future of his nation... Ten years in the making, it is the remarkable story of an everyman hero, and the amazing secret Petrov kept to himself for more than a decade. He humbly asserts he was merely "in the right place at the right time", but, this film demonstrates that rarely has a single decision made by one man had such a profound effect on the modern world.
Lt. Colonel Stanislav E. Petrov
- The Man Who Saved the World review by JD
Who would have thought you could make a good film with a Russian soldier who speaks little English and does not seem to have had any acting training, as the main actor. It is bleak, quite a lot of it in a run-down Russian flat, a man who hates media attention and goes to America to tell the UN how close they came to Armageddon. Who would have guessed the world really nearly did come to an end in 1983? If only there were more ordinary men like Lt. Colonel Stanislav E. Petrov.
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Charming and oh so Russian
- The Man Who Saved the World review by BS
Good mixture of reconstruction and documentary. It shows its age (2014, before Russian became a bad guy again) but heartfelt, charming and moving. Stanislav is irascible and rude, but wears his rightful status of hero lightly and seriously.
My favourite part has to be the offhand way in which Matt Damon and Ashton Kutcher are rejected out of hand...