1964 ***** 95 mins.
Stanley Kubrick's black comedy about nuclear war is, undoubtedly one of the greatest and funniest films ever made. When a crazed military commander orders his planes to attack their targets in Russia, a group of officials gather together to attempt to stop it, with only a couple of hours to go. Filled with hilarious moments and classic bits, this film is a true masterpiece that no movie buff can live without watching. The film is based on a novel titled Two Hours to Doom, retitled Red Alert in the U.S., which is a straightforward presentation of the story. When Stanley and the novelist began working on the screenplay, they started out making a straightforward film. As writing went on, they realized that the situation was so absurd, so it became more and more comical. The film world is ever so grateful that they went this direction. After all, who watches Fail-Safe anymore? This is another Kubrick film I've have the joy of seeing on the big screen.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Stanley Kubrick and Peter George & Terry Southern
Based on the Book "Red Alert" by