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Unif Title Fail-safe (Motion picture : 1964)
Title Fail safe / Columbia ; screenplay, Walter Bernstein ; produced by Max E. Youngstein ; directed by Sidney Lumet.
Publication [New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2020]
Edition DVD special edition.
Description 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded insert.
4 3/4 in.
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Call # DVD MOVIE FAIL
Series The Criterion collection ; 1011
Criterion collection ; 1011.
System Req DVD, NTSC, region 1; 16:9 wide screen presentation (1.85:1); Dolby digital mono.
Note In English.
Optional English subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Title and credits from screen.
Cast Dan O'Herlihy, Walter Matthau, Frank Overton, Edward Binns, Larry Hagman, Fritz Weaver, Henry Fonda, William Hansen, Russell Hardie, Russell Collns, Sorrell Booke.
Credits Director of photography, Gerald Hirschfeld ; editor, Ralph Rosenblum.
Note From the novel by Eugene Burdick & Harvey Wheeler.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1964.
Wide screen (1.85:1)
Summary The unnerving procedural thriller painstakingly details an all-too-plausible nightmare scenario in which a mechanical failure jams the United States military's chain of command and sends the country hurtling toward nuclear war with the Soviet Union.
Audience Rating: Not rated.
Note Special features: audio commentary from 2000 featuring director Sidney Lumet; new interview with film critic J. Hoberman on 1960s nuclear paranoia and Cold War films; "Fail-safe revisited"; plus, on insert, an essay by critic Bilge Ebiri.
Subject Nuclear warfare -- Drama.
Cold War -- Drama.
International relations -- Drama.
Nuclear weapons -- Drama.
Genre Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Film adaptations.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Addl. Author Lumet, Sidney, 1924-2011, film director.
Bernstein, Walter, screenwriter.
Youngstein, Max E., film producer.
O'Herlihy, Dan, 1919-2005, actor.
Matthau, Walter, actor.
Overton, Frank, 1918-1967, actor.
Binns, Edward, 1916-1990, actor.
Hagman, Larry, actor.
Weaver, Fritz, 1926-2016, actor.
Fonda, Henry, 1905-1982, actor.
Motion picture adaptation of (work): Burdick, Eugene. Fail-safe.
Columbia Pictures Corporation, production company.
Criterion Collection (Firm), publisher.
ISBN 9781681436814
1681436817
Standard # 715515240512

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