Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Walter Matthau, Dan O'Herlihy, Frank Overton, Edward Binns
Factual error: An Air Force crewmember is playing pool in the ready room. He hits a striped ball with his pool cue instead of the cue ball.
Gen. Stark: They're good men, we've seen to that. If their orders are attack, the only way you're going to stop them is to shoot them down.
Brigadier General Warren A. Black: We've got no alternative! This minute the Russians are watching their boards, trying to figure out what we're up to. If we can't convince them it's an accident we're trying to correct by any means, we're going to have something on our hands that nobody bargained for, and only a lunatic wants.
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