History Film / FailSafe

19th Jun '17 10:02:12 AM Mdumas43073
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Groetschele is clearly modeled on Henry Kissinger, who at the time the book was written was a political scientist best-known for his writings on limited nuclear war.
** The President's wife only appears on a newspaper front-page. Apparently to compound the impact on the film's original audiences of the First Lady's life being sacrificed, she greatly resembles ''Jackie Kennedy''.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
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Groetschele is clearly modeled on Henry Kissinger, who at the time the book was written was a political scientist best-known for his writings on limited nuclear war.
** The President's wife only appears in a photograph on a newspaper front-page. Apparently to compound the impact on the film's original audiences of the First Lady's life being sacrificed, she greatly resembles ''Jackie Kennedy''.Jackie Kennedy.
27th Apr '17 4:04:29 PM CobaltJacket
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* TheBigBoard: ''Fail-Safe'' was one of the first movies (along with DrStrangelove) to have this now-ubiquitous feature.


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* RealityHasNoSoundtrack: While a soundtrack was scored for the music, it was not used. The silence is far more ominous.
29th Dec '16 8:58:57 PM JackG
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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Groeteschele believes that Moscow will surrender in the face of an all-out attack, as according to Communist doctrine the [[YouCantFightFate failure of capitalism is inevitable]]. It doesn't occur to him that the Soviets would be motivated by PatrioticFervor as well as ideology.
23rd Dec '16 7:16:00 PM Zeiss
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** The President's wife only appears on a newspaper front-page. Apparently to compound the impact on the film's original audiences of the First Lady's life being sacrificed, she greatly resembles ''Jackie Kennedy''.
21st Jul '16 6:16:10 AM AllenbysEyes88
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Groetschele is clearly modeled on Henry Kissinger, who at the time the book was written was a political scientist best-known for his writings on limited nuclear war.
17th Jul '16 10:25:36 AM Mdumas43073
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** The book adds in some background to this: Groeteschele's family were German Jews (IIRC), and his father saw what was coming with the Nazis and emigrated out of there quickly. Said father often argued that point with his fellow Jews in America, claiming that if enough German deaths racked up trying to exterminate the Jews, they might rethink their policy. So it's a little of this trope and WellIntentionedExtremist.
* HeroicBSOD: Grady goes through this as he hears his son's voice through the radio telling him there is no war, no longer sure what the truth is.

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** The book adds in some background to this: Groeteschele's family were German Jews (IIRC), and his father saw had seen what was coming with the Nazis and emigrated out of there quickly. Said father often argued that point with his fellow Jews in America, claiming that if enough German deaths the Germans had racked up enough deaths trying to exterminate the Jews, they might rethink have rethunk their policy.policies. So it's a little of this trope and WellIntentionedExtremist.
* HeroicBSOD: Grady goes through this as he hears his son's wife's voice through the radio telling him there is no war, no longer sure what the truth is.



** JerkassHasAPoint: They have less than ten minutes left, so it's impossible to evacuate anyone at all, but by recovering the most important financial records (by fax, for example) they might tone down the severity of the inevitable economic recession

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** JerkassHasAPoint: They have less than ten minutes left, so it's impossible to evacuate anyone at all, but by recovering the most important financial records (by fax, for example) they might tone down the severity of the inevitable economic recession recession.
24th Jun '16 8:59:09 AM HiddenWindshield
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* DrivenToSuicide: General Black, after [[spoiler:he is forced to drop nuclear weapons on New York City and kill his wife and daughter in the process]].
** And [[spoiler:five million New Yorkers, and the President's wife]].

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* DrivenToSuicide: General Black, after [[spoiler:he is forced to drop nuclear weapons on New York City and kill his wife and daughter in the process]].
** And [[spoiler:five
five million New Yorkers, and including the President's wife]].wife and his own his wife and daughter]].
17th Apr '16 9:35:52 PM Scoutstr295
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* LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: Rather than wanting to deescalate the situation, Professor Groeteschele sees the accidental crisis as an opportunity to wipe out the Russians ''for real''.
15th Apr '16 10:17:56 PM marcoasalazarm
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** The standing orders given to the Wing (to refuse any type of order if lacking an authentication code, no matter who gave it) was supposed to be a fail-safe against potential sabotage via false intelligence. Lacking said authentication code, SAC can only sit back and see as their radioed pleas to the Wing remain unheard.
8th Apr '16 4:52:50 PM Mdumas43073
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-->'''Groeteschele:''' I make death into a game for people like you to get excited about. I watched you tonight. You'd love making it possible, wouldn't you? You'd love pressing that button. What a thrill that would be, knowing you have to die to have the power to take everyone else with you. The mob of them with their plans, their little hopes, born to be murdered. Turning away from it, closing their eyes to it, and you could be the one to make it true. Do it to them. But you're afraid, so you look for the thrill someplace else. And who better than a man who isn't afraid? [''She reaches for him, and he slaps her in the face''] I'm not your kind.

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-->'''Groeteschele:''' I make death into a game for people like you to get excited about. I watched you tonight. You'd love making it possible, wouldn't you? You'd love pressing that button. What a thrill that would be, knowing you have to die die, to have the power to take everyone else with you. The mob of them with their plans, their little hopes, born to be murdered. Turning away from it, closing their eyes to it, and you could be the one to make it true. Do it to them. But you're afraid, so you look for the thrill someplace else. And who better than a man who isn't afraid? [''She reaches for him, and he slaps her in the face''] I'm not your kind.
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