History Film / FailSafe

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.
8th Apr '16 4:51:54 PM Mdumas43073
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* PowerIsSexy: Early in the film Groeteschele drives a beautiful young woman home from a cocktail party. She talks to him about the "beauty" of nuclear war and how people like him make a "marvelous game" out of death, then instructs him to pull over to the side of the road and attempts to coax him into sex.
-->'''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.



* WarHawk: Professor Groeteschele is an academic example (not just because he's an academic), insisting on [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste not letting the current crisis go to waste]] and follow up the accidental first strike with a ''real one'', hoping to catch the Russians unaware.

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* WarHawk: Professor Groeteschele is an academic example (not just because he's an academic), insisting on [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste not letting the current crisis go to waste]] and follow up the accidental first strike with a ''real one'', hoping to catch the Russians unaware.
8th Apr '16 4:42:09 PM Mdumas43073
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'''''Fail Safe''''' is a 1964 UsefulNotes/ColdWar thriller movie based on a bestselling 1962 novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler, directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and featuring a cast including Creator/HenryFonda and Creator/WalterMatthau. It was also adapted for a live broadcast drama on Creator/{{CBS}} in 2000, which starred Creator/GeorgeClooney, Creator/HarveyKeitel and Creator/DonCheadle.

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'''''Fail Safe'''''
''Fail Safe''
is a 1964 UsefulNotes/ColdWar thriller movie based on a bestselling 1962 novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler, directed by Creator/SidneyLumet and featuring a cast including Creator/HenryFonda and Creator/WalterMatthau. It was also adapted for a live broadcast drama on Creator/{{CBS}} in 2000, which starred Creator/GeorgeClooney, Creator/HarveyKeitel and Creator/DonCheadle.
29th Mar '16 11:15:51 PM marcoasalazarm
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* JerkAss: Professor Groeteschele. He tries to egg on the president to follow up Grady's attack with a genuine one, and after [[spoiler:the president orders the nuking of New York as a conciliatory gesture]], suggests recovering corporate financial records instead of victims.

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* JerkAss: Professor Groeteschele. He tries to egg on the president to follow up Grady's attack wing's accidental first strike with a genuine one, second one from their missile [=ICBMs=], and after [[spoiler:the president orders the nuking of New York as a conciliatory gesture]], suggests recovering corporate financial records instead of victims.
5th Jan '16 8:08:51 AM val
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** Jerkass Has a Point: 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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** Jerkass Has a Point: 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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