Supersonic U.S. bombers mistakenly head off to nuke Moscow and can’t be recalled. The U.S. president Henry Fonda, speaking through interpreter Larry Hagman, talks to the Soviet premiere by phone.
In this movie, the president can essentially order people to commit suicide and they’ll do it. There are the bomber crews, the U.S. ambassador in Moscow who waits to die on the roof of the embassy rather than fleeing into the countryside, and there are fighter pilots who run out of fuel and go down in the arctic ocean trying to shoot down the planes.
With Walter Matthau expressing the same views George C. Scott did in Dr Stangelove. With Dom DeLuise and Sorrell Brooke.
Directed by Sidney Lumet.