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Command and Control

2016

DOCUMENTARY

A chilling, Dr. Strangelovian nightmare plays out at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September, 1980. A deadly accident – the result of a falling socket puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States – leads Air Force personnel, weapon designers, and first responders to work feverishly to prevent a calamitous explosion. Directed by Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and based on the critically-acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Command and Control is a minute-by-minute account of this long-hidden story – much of it based on recently declassified documents that expose other freak accidents and near-misses. How do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?


REVIEWS

"Command and Control is frightening for a whole pants-shitting list of reasons…morbidly fun to watch, in the manner of good suspense thrillers and disaster films."
The Village Voice

"As far as horror movie objects go, the turkey baster in Don’t Breathe or the goat in The Witch have nothing on the socket wrench and the switchgear in Robert Kenner's nerve-melting Command and Control…The pace of the drama is riveting."
Entertainment Weekly

"Combines Cold War-era thriller with post-apocalyptic nightmare…This one will stay with you for days after viewing."
Rolling Stone

"As white-knuckle suspenseful as any movie you are likely to see this year…masterfully constructed."
Artforum







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