Fail Safe
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Fail Safe


$37.98 $34.18


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Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Sidney Lumet
Year: 1964
Format: DVD
Cast: Dan O'Herlihy, Frank Overton, Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau
Original Language: English
Subtitle Language:
Number of discs: 1
Street Date: January 28 2020
Runtime (minutes): 112 MIN


This 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. Working from a contemporary best seller, screenwriter Walter Bernstein and director Sidney Lumet wrench harrowing suspense from the doomsday fears of the Cold War era, making the most of a modest budget and limited sets to create an atmosphere of clammy claustrophobia and astronomically high stakes. Starring Henry Fonda as a coolheaded U.S. president and Walter Matthau as a trigger-happy political theorist, Fail Safe is a long-underappreciated alarm bell of a film, sounding an urgent warning about the deadly logic of mutually assured destruction.

• New 4K digital restoration
• 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, a short documentary from 2000 including interviews with Lumet, screenwriter Walter Bernstein, and actor Dan O’Herlihy
• PLUS: An essay by critic Bilge Ebiri

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