anyone see the original version of "Fail Safe"?

  • rnch

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    Apr 17, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    the 1960's version with henry fonda as the President?

    a heart pounding, gut wrenching movie!

    it had me involuntarily sobbing a couple of times.

    love it!!

  • eddieross69

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    Apr 17, 2011 2:59 PM GMT
    In Junior High they would show movies at lunch time in the auditorium. They showed this every year. Back in the seventies it was kinda scary because it was a very probable situation with the Cold War in full swing.

    So I've seen it three or four times.
  • mustangd

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    Apr 17, 2011 3:10 PM GMT
    yes, its a good film, note the then young character actors playing small roles. fail safe was a bit overshadowed when it was released by " dr. strangelove ", with tour de force performances by peter sellers, georges c. scott, and slim pickens.
    ithe movie that scared me more in my youth, was " on the beach " with gregory peck, all those empty streets... to this day, the music/song "waltzing matilda " has an eerie effect on me.
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    Apr 17, 2011 4:40 PM GMT
    No. I read the book.
  • DenveRyk

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    Apr 17, 2011 4:45 PM GMT
    Saw the movie (again, just recently thanks to Netflix!! We love Netflix!!), read the book back in the 60's, saw Strangelove and On The Beach, too. All great. Reading Fail Safe back when I was in high school was sure a different experience than it would be today. I noticed watching the movie that, while it is a great flick, because of circumstances, my reactions were quite different.
  • laxdude25

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    Apr 17, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
    Great book, great movie....I loved introducing it (and plenty of other "classics") to my kids and having them get into them as well.
  • jeepguySD

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    Apr 17, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    Definitely a great movie! It's not flashy, does not rely on fx, but rather tells a powerful story with compelling characters.

    It is hard to imagine a movie like that being made today, or at least finding a market, which is kind of sad.

    Another great Fonda film that reminds me of "Fail Safe" is "12 Angry Men" (1957). If you haven't seen it, it is well worth watching.