TV Movie | TV-PG | | Drama, Sci-Fi
Immediately after the film's original broadcast, it was followed by a special news program, featuring a live discussion between scientist Dr. Carl Sagan (who opposed the use of nuclear weapons) and Conservative writer William F. Buckley (who promoted the concept of "nuclear deterrence"). It was during this heated discussion, aired live on network television, where Dr. Sagan introduced the world to the concept of "nuclear winter" and made his famous analogy, "Imagine a room awash in gasoline, and there are two implacable enemies in that room. One of them has nine thousand matches, the other seven thousand matches. Each of them is concerned about who's ahead, who's stronger."
The looming question is... how far will Warsaw pact forces go? Will the Russians advance straight for the Rhine and defy NATO's declared policy of defense by all means including the use of tactical nuclear weapons? The Defence Department today ...
When the missiles are launching behind the Medical Center and behind the park gazebo, you can see dents and imperfections in the rear-projection screen.
[After movie has ended, before end credits.] The catastrophic events you have just witnessed are, in all likelihood, less severe than the destruction that would actually occur in the event of a full nuclear strike against the United States. It is hoped that the images of this film will inspire the nations of this earth, their peoples, and leaders to find the means to avert that fateful day.
The German EuroVideo DVD runs 115 min.