Special Bulletin (1983)

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A TV reporter and cameraman are taken hostage on a tugboat while covering a workers strike. The demands of the hostage-takers are to collect all the nuclear detonators in the Charleston, SC... See full summary »

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Trivia

Plutonium, with a yield of 19 kilotons per kilogram, and the bomb on board having 5.2 kilograms of plutonium, the constructed bomb has a theoretical yield of 98.8 kilotons. The Fat Man bomb dropped on Nagasaki contained 6.2 kilograms of plutonium and yielded only 20 kilotons, but with better technology and design refinements, the terrorists probably got substantially more than 20 kilotons (but nowhere near the "ideal" 98.8 kilotons).


Quotes

Dr. David McKeeson: I would like to make a statement. I just wanna say how much I love RBS News, and I didn't believe any of those stories of how John Woodley got mad when Susan Myles was made a co-anchorperson... those stories were circulating?... That's not true, ...
Dr. Bruce Lyman: ...


Goofs

When the RBS newsroom transfers to their reporter Megan Barclay in Charleston, she begins her report saying; "The situation began approximately 1 hour ago". The report then screens some video from their reporting team and then shows some Super-8 footage which was filmed by a tourist on a sightseeing boat. Super-8 is a film, not video, format. Normally the cost of the film cartridge included postage to a Kodak laboratory where it would be developed and then mailed back to the owner. In this instance, After the boat had reached shore, it would have been necessary to take the film to a Kodak developing facility to be processed, after which it could be taken to the news studio. Due to the time required to get the film to a laboratory for processing and then to get to the news studio it would have been impossible to do this within the time allowed.


Crazy Credits

Opens with a commercial advertising shows for the fictional RBS network, followed by the title "Special Bulletin" as the commercial is interrupted. There are no opening credits, making this one of the first TV movies ever produced without some sort of opening credits.


Alternate Versions

The video release omits the "dramatization" on-screen disclaimer seen throughout the original TV broadcast. The DVD released through the Warner Archive Collection does contain the on-screen disclaimers.

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