Fail Safe

Fail Safe (1964)

It will have you sitting on the brink of eternity!

  • Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
  • Release Date: 1964-10-07
  • User Rating: 7.7/10 from 352 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 52min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Columbia Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Sidney Lumet
star 7.7/10
From 352 Ratings


Because of a technical defect an American bomber team mistakenly orders the destruction of Moscow. The President of the United States has but little time to prevent an atomic catastrophe from occurring.

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  • Henry Fonda

    as The President
  • Walter Matthau

    as Prof. Groeteschele
  • Fritz Weaver

    as Col. Cascio
  • Larry Hagman

    as Buck
  • Frank Overton

    as Gen. Bogan
  • Edward Binns

    as Col. Jack Grady
  • Dan O'Herlihy

    as Brig. Gen. Warren A. Black
  • William Hansen

    as Defense Secretary Swenson
  • Russell Hardie

    as Gen. Stark
  • Janet Ward

    as Helen Grady
  • Dom DeLuise

    as TSgt. Collins
  • Russell Collins

    as Knapp
  • Sorrell Booke

    as Congressman Raskob
  • Nancy Berg

    as Ilsa Wolfe
  • John Connell

    as Thomas
  • Frank Simpson

    as Sullivan
  • Hildy Parks

    as Betty Black
  • Dana Elcar

    as Foster
  • Louise Larabee

    as Mrs. Cascio
  • Stewart Germain

    as Mr. Cascio
  • Geri Miller

    as Go-go Dancer (uncredited)
  • Charles Tyner

    as Jet Fighter Pilot (voice) (uncredited)
  • Frieda Altman

    as Jennie
  • Will Wright

    as Bit Part (uncredited)
Art Albert Brenner Art Direction
Directing Sidney Lumet Director
Production Sidney Lumet Executive Producer
Writing Eugene Burdick Novel
Crew Eugene Burdick Script
Writing Harvey Wheeler Novel
Writing Walter Bernstein Screenplay
Production Max E. Youngstein Producer
Production Charles H. Maguire Producer
Camera Gerald Hirschfeld Director of Photography
Editing Ralph Rosenblum Editor
Art J.C. Delaney Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Anna Hill Johnstone Costume Design
Sound Jack Fitzstephens Sound Editor
Sound William Swift Sound mixer
Costume & Make-Up Bill Herman Makeup Department Head
Directing Harry Falk Assistant Director
Camera Albert Taffet Camera Operator