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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rent it, Buy it.
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 !
Published on 23 Jan 2006 by Robert Bartlett

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15 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but could've been so much more
The basic plot is nothing new - Russia and America shake their sticks at each other over a basic mis-understanding and nuclear war seems inevitable. There's some fine acting, notably from James Earl Jones, although Rebecca De Mornay is a little wooden, and the effects are acceptable rather than exciting.

This is, however, an almost perfect copy of Fail Safe...
Published on 1 Oct 2006 by Jason


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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rent it, Buy it., 23 Jan 2006
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Robert Bartlett (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: By Dawn's Early Light (HBO) [1990] [DVD] (DVD)
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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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It could have happened, 15 Dec 2005
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Mr. R. Evans (Southport Lancs UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: By Dawn's Early Light (HBO) [1990] [DVD] (DVD)
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy movie and well worth watching...., 26 Oct 2009
This review is from: By Dawn's Early Light (HBO) [1990] [DVD] (DVD)
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated But Thrilling, 20 April 2009
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Jack DeLaney (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good night in, 12 Sep 2009
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R. Nicklin (Sheffield, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: By Dawn's Early Light (HBO) [1990] [DVD] (DVD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Could Nuclear war have been triggered by an activist group?, 13 Aug 2014
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Mr. E. Bray (North-west United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: By Dawn's Early Light (HBO) [1990] [DVD] (DVD)
This is a during/post apocalyptic film that makes you stop and think what might have happened if the US and USSR had 'pushed the button', and if it could have been triggered by an independent 'third party'.
The bedroom scene at the beginning is an irrelevance, just padding to make a weak illicit affaire between the B52 Captain and his co-pilot seem more important than it really was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 27 May 2014
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A movie made years ago that shows how fearful people were during the cold war, and perhaps, how people may be thinking in the near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a gift bought for another person, 17 April 2014
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This review is from: By Dawn's Early Light (HBO) [1990] [DVD] (DVD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars nuclear war!, 9 April 2013
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This review is from: By Dawn's Early Light (HBO) [1990] [DVD] (DVD)
I like war films and the cold war and this film doesnt diappoint, ok so its a bit old and the sound isnt the best but hey its got b52's!
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5.0 out of 5 stars really is a nightmare scenario, 26 July 2012
This review is from: By Dawn's Early Light (HBO) [1990] [DVD] (DVD)
mainly because of the lunatic aboard airforce one
very underated film , but thought provoking and made you think
what could and still could happen, saying that is very enjoyable
and highly recomended
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