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Fail-Safe (1964) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Max E. Youngstein and Charles H. Maguire.

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Fail-Safe (1964)

By Beatrice on Mar 31, 2018 From Flickers in Time

Fail-Safe Directed by Sidney Lumet Written by Walter Bernstein from a novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler 1964/USA Columbia Pictures Incorporated First viewing/Netflix rental Something must have been in the water in 1964. ?The public got not one but two apocalyptic thrillers. ?Dr. Strangelove... Read full article


Fail-Safe (1964)

By Raquel Stecher on Nov 30, -0001 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

The year was 1963 and Columbia Pictures was in a pickle. They had two Cold War movies currently in production that basically told the same story but in very different ways. One was Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, a farce based on the otherwise ... Read full article


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The President: How did you get to be a translator, Buck? You don't seem the academic type.
Buck: [nervously] I guess I have a talent for languages, sir. I hear a language once I pick it right up. I don't even know how. They found out about it in the Army.
The President: You sound sorry they did.
Buck: No, sir. It's a very interesting job.
[pauses]
Buck: That is, most of the time.
The President: Well, you did a good job today, Buck.
Buck: Thank you, sir. All I did was repeat what he said.
The President: You didn't freeze up. Another man might have.
Buck: You're the one who didn't, sir.
The President: I wonder what it's like outside? Looked like rain before.
Buck: The radio said it would clear by the afternoon.


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The "computer-generated" image on the control-room screen (including the map of the world, the planes and the explosions) was entirely drawn and animated by hand.
Some reference works (eg Colonna Sonora) credit Hal Schaefer as composer of the music score. In fact, the Columbia record division did issue his five minute Fail Safe suite on a 7-inch disc in 1964 (Colpix Records CP 751) with the film promoted on the actual label: FAIL SAFE - A Columbia Pictures Release. Schaefer's music, performed by the Hal Schaefer Quintet, was a somewhat nervous and dissonant jazz work, fairly appropriate to the film's content. However, director Lumet decided to release the film with no background score, so Schaefer's music only exists on the promotional disc.
The large, metal phone the President uses to talk to the Soviet premier was actually a special phone used by explosives companies during blasting.
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