Fail Safe

Factual error: There is a scene where interceptors, flying out of an Alaskan air base, are ordered to go to afterburners in a desperate attempt to catch the lone bomber. When the commander of the flight signals his wing to light their afterburners, they cut to a shot of a jet firing missiles.

Other mistake: The president's translator puts on his headphones just before the receptionist announces the Russians are on the line.

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Suggested correction: He hears the buzzer before the receptionist speaks. Not a mistake.


Factual error: Near the end we're shown various locations of normal activity in New York City including a movie theater showing "My Fair Lady." In 1964 theatres would be single screen, and we see the marquee and box office listing showtimes. With intermission, the film runs approximately 3 hours but the showtimes listed are less than 3 hours apart.

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