Going Nuclear

Going Nuclear

2 Episodes

The doomsday clock ticks ominously in these urgent Cold War wake-up calls, one deadly serious, the other morbidly funny. The end of the world is played for brilliantly sustained suspense in Sidney Lumet’s riveting political thriller FAIL SAFE, which offers a chillingly plausible look at the path toward nuclear annihilation. And Stanley Kubrick’s ferociously subversive DR. STRANGELOVE remains one of the most audacious satires ever made, a disturbingly hilarious vision of atomic brinkmanship taken to its apocalyptic endpoint starring Peter Sellers, Peter Sellers, and . . . Peter Sellers in three outrageous roles.

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Going Nuclear
  • Fail Safe

    Episode 1

    Directed by Sidney Lumet • 1964 • United States
    Starring Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Dan O’Herlihy

    This unnerving procedural thriller painstakingly details an all-too-plausible nightmare scenario in which a mechanical failure jams the United States military’s chain of command and sends the coun...

  • Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Episode 2

    Directed by Stanley Kubrick • 1964 • United Kingdom
    Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden

    Stanley Kubrick’s painfully funny take on Cold War anxiety is one of the fiercest satires of human folly ever to come out of Hollywood. The matchless shape-shifter Peter Sellers plays thr...