History Film / FailSafe

15th Nov '17 12:17:49 PM nightkiller
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15th Nov '17 11:48:33 AM nightkiller
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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.

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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 after a fail-safe against potential sabotage via false intelligence. Lacking said authentication code, certain point in their mission) mean SAC can only sit back and see as their radioed pleas to the Wing remain unheard.
19th Oct '17 8:37:00 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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* HellIsThatNoise: The horrible shriek of a telephone being abruptly cut off [[spoiler:by a massive nuclear explosion. The man on the other end was the US Ambassador to the Soviet Union, and the city being destroyed was Moscow]]. The sound is so loud and piercing that it reverberates around the President's bunker.
19th Oct '17 7:57:24 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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* FamousLastWords: "''[[spoiler:Katie]]...a dream...a dream...the matador...the matador... the matador...me...me.''" Spoken by [[spoiler:General Black.]]
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.
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