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“I wondered what would happen if you had an Ellsberg mentality, if you had some command officer who came out of Vietnam and who was soured not by war protesters but by the misuse of the military,” wondered director Robert Aldrich. His curiosity led to this taut 1977 thriller where the suspense never stops ratcheting up. Lancaster plays a renegade Air Force general who takes over a nuclear missile silo in an attempt to force the U.S. President (Charles Durning) to reveal the true motivation behind the Vietnam War. The stellar cast also features Richard Widmark, Melvyn Douglas, Roscoe Lee Browne and Joseph Cotten. “It combines Aldrich’s political views, his distrust for power and government in general, with his anarchic streak.” —Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan

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  • Directed By Robert Aldrich
  • 1977
  • USA
  • Blu-ray
  • 146 minutes