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By Dawn's Early Light [VHS] (1990)

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  • Actors: Powers Boothe, Rebecca De Mornay, James Earl Jones, Martin Landau, Darren McGavin
  • Directors: Jack Sholder
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Dolby, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Home Box Office
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LJ73T6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,598 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Acclaimed HBO-made Tv film, dealing with the aftermath of a mistake by Russia which sees a missile strike on America. The film portrays the moral dilemma which faces the crew of a lone American B-52 bomber as it journeys towards Russia to drop it's load of Nuclear bombs, thereby triggering full-scale Nuclear war. Powers Boothe (Southern Comfort; The Emerald Forest; Red Dawn) & Rebecca De Mornay (Risky Business; And God Created Woman; The Hand That Rocks The Cradle) star as the two pilots, and the cast also includes James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope; Star Wars; Field of Dreams) & Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Tv's- Mission Impossible). Made back when the USSR was still our biggest threat, this film is just as valid and thought-provoking today.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M Gibson on 16 Jun. 2015
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By Dawn’s Early Light premiered on the May 19th 1990, 25 years ago last week. I can remember first watching this late on Saturday night in the early 1990’s and was taken aback then, as a teenager by the chilling tone, the seemingly realistic take of these scenarios in what was destined to become the last World War Three thriller to be made during The Cold War.

Beginning at just after 05:00 Zulu, the film take place over the a period of just eight hours in which, after being hit a ICBM, The U.S.S.R. launch a retaliatory strike on the U.S., wrongly believing that they have attacked them. It soon becomes clear that a dissident movement within the Soviet Union has launched the nuclear attack, leaving the Russian Premier to make a series of proposals to the American President, Martin Landau.

1, take the hit and call it a day. 2, retaliate and call it even or 3, all out nuclear war. This decision needs to be made within minutes as ICBM’s are on route and the military leaders on both sides are pressuring their leaders to a respond, with escalation being their primary options. The frightening part is that all makes sense…

And that’s your set up. Watch the film. If this isn ‘t one of the best, if not THE best World War Three film out to date then I don’t know what is. Dr. Strangelove (1964), WarGames (1983) and Crimson Tide (1995), yes, they’re all up there with the best but the simplicity and brevity of this story as well as the quality of the television production values and tremendous acting makes this an underrated and outstanding drama.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bartlett on 23 Jan. 2006
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Must agree with the frst review, a very under rated film. The plot is very good and the editing keeps the pace right up there. If you strip away the Hollywood glossy this is a very thoughtful film.
At the time, Yes it could have happened, hope for the human spirt is still strong. Buy it, it a good evenings watch !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Kolanis on 26 Oct. 2009
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The premise of this movie is the clever depiction of fearful conundrums. The choices people make and how relationships, personal morality and instinct weave to generate outcomes that can have momentus consequences. I feel this movie depict the scenarios very well, I thought the acting good. The 'over done' parts were leaning towards an expression of passion uncertainty and fear, and and flaws are more than compensated by the drama and skilled actors, who are first rate actors. This, overall, is a great movie. It's gripping and I highly recommend it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jack DeLaney on 20 April 2009
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This movie offers a plausible and frightening scenario for the start of Worls War 3. It's a little dated now, and some of the acting is a bit hammy, but it's an old favourite of mine. If you enjoy the 'what if?' of nuclear destruction, you'll enjoy this film. Lots of technology, but rooted in the human factor - all too believable.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Evans on 15 Dec. 2005
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The film is a very good dipiction of what may have happened if the cold war had continued. It explores the relationship of two US airforce personel who have a relationship and how this affects their ability to react in a time of war and how the overall sensibility of mankind rises above the orders of the military. The first time I saw this film I was wowed, a very underated film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Nicklin on 12 Sept. 2009
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Saw this ages ago on the TV when it was first out and it was right on the spot.

Agree that a few years on its a bit dated but the idea is still possible - not giving away any plot here!

Suggest you watch it as compared to other period WW3 films of the era this is a top ten
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I'm not going to give away what happens in this film as not knowing keeps you on the edge of your seat. You think you know, but you're not quite sure, and you could be wrong...

The story of how a nuclear incident could escalate, the decisions that happen along the way, the battle between the sensible and lunacy. A story of human decision making with a little bit of technology thrown in.

The start of this film does not give a feeling of confidence that this will be a good film, with some of the acting being particularly poor. However, sit through the first few minutes and the rest of the film is gripping stuff, even if the acting doesn't get much better.

Recommended, despite the acting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiguano on 17 April 2014
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This DVD was purchased for another person. I do not watch films and therefore I can not comment, save to say that I am informed by the recipient that they thoroughly enjoyed it.
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