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Countdown to Looking Glass (1984)

Dramatic doomsday scenario in which the Cold War fully escalates. The story is told through a live news report that follows the apocalyptic world-ending nuclear exchange between the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R.

Director:

Fred Barzyk

Writer:

Albert Ruben
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Glenn ... Michael Boyle
Michael Murphy ... Bob Calhoun
Helen Shaver ... Dorian Waldorf
Patrick Watson Patrick Watson ... Don Tobin
Nancy Dickerson Nancy Dickerson ... Herself
Eric Sevareid ... Himself
Matsu Anderson Matsu Anderson ... Matsu Yamada
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins Barbara Barnes-Hopkins ... Mrs. Langhorn
Michael Beattie ... Youth #1
Richard Comar Richard Comar ... Pentagon Spokesman
Murray Cruchley Murray Cruchley ... James Otis
Faye Dance ... Anne Gailmore
Don Dickinson Don Dickinson ... Unger
Micheal Donaghue Micheal Donaghue ... Technician
Don Francks ... Don Geller
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Storyline

Docudrama uses fictional reports of a crisis in the Middle East, which leads to a nuclear confrontation between the US and the USSR. "Looking Glass" is the code word for the Strategic Air Command's control plane which is to be used in the case of nuclear war. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1984 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz (CVN 68) was portrayed in this movie by the museum ship U.S.S. Yorktown (ex CV 10) moored in Charleston Harbor, Charleston, South Carolina. The T-2 Buckeye jet trainer which is being towed across the deck during one of Michael Boyle's (Scott Glenn) reports is one of the Yorktown Museum's exhibits. See more »

Goofs

Several times when Don goes to Michael in the Persian Gulf and then straight back to Dorian in Washington, it is the same time of the day. See more »

Quotes

Don Tobin: Twenty years ago, I used to spend a lot of time talking about... hypothetical nuclear war scenarios with a man who was one of the pioneers in that form of prophecy... he's dead now... really believed in his craft. He said to me once, "Don, I'm convinced that sooner or later there will be a nuclear exchange - but I'm also convinced that when the leaders confront the terror of that exchange, they'll realize they can't get away any longer with playing war games, and they'll turn around... if ...
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It ought to be released...
1 May 2007 | by papamac630See all my reviews

I remember when this movie was first shown on HBO...it had the kind of gripping action that made you sit, watch, and fear for your life...the actors did a great job of realistically portraying their roles...with special kudos to Patrick Watson as Don Tobin and Helen Shaver as Dorian Waldorf...Watson's uneasiness at the end of the movie does not spoil the ending, which will set the hair on your neck straight up and send chills down your spine...but it does provide a view into what might face the American public should the unthinkable occur...add this movie to the growing list of selections that should have been out on DVD way before now...it is dated to some extent, but the overall premise still rings true...and will scare the daylights out of you...


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