Fail Safe (1964)

112 min.
Plot  The film begins with VIPs visiting the headquarters of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) at Offutt AFB in Omaha, Nebraska. During the trip, an alert is initiated by USAF's early warning radar that an unidentified flying object is making an unauthorized intrusion into American airspace. Defense protocols dictate that the SAC must always keep several bomber groups airborne 24 hours a day in the event of a nuclear attack on the United States. Following the alert, bombers are ordered to proceed to predetermined aerial "fail-safe points" to await their final "go" orders before proceeding towards Soviet targets.

Shortly after they reach those points, the alert is canceled. The intruder is identified as an off-course civilian airliner. However, a technical error sends an errant "go code" to one bomber group, ordering them to attack their predetermined target, Moscow. SAC headquarters begins trying to rescind the order. It fails because a new Soviet countermeasure has begun radio jamming ...



Henry Fonda
The President
Walter Matthau
Professor Groeteschele
Dan O'Herlihy
Brigadier General Warren A. "Blackie" Black
Fritz Weaver
Colonel Cascio
Sorrell Booke
Congressman Raskob
Dom DeLuise
Technical Sergeant Collins
Dana Elcar
Mr. Foster


All Titles

Fail Safe
English Original Title

Release Dates


United States




Onur added Fail Safe (1964) to watchlist / 16.07.2017

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