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Fail Safe / Fail-Safe

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Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
7.17 /10
Henry Fonda , Dan O’Herlihy, Walter Matthau
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Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Written by: Walter Bernstein

Released: 1964
Origin: US
Length: 112


A computer malfunction endangers the safety of the world.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Expertly made cold-war thriller which had the ring of truth, and was undeservedly eclipsed on release by Dr Strangelove , which approached an identical theme in a more comedic manner. Excellent performances by Henry Fonda (pictured, as the US President, Walter Matthau, Frank Overton and Larry Hagman; but the whole cast is convincing.

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