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Documentary

Command and Control

Year 2016
Runtime 92 mins
Language English

On the evening of September 18, 1980, two mechanics were performing routine maintenance at the Titan II silo in Damascus, Arkansas. One dropped a socket that punctured the missile, and a stream of explosive rocket fuel began pouring into the silo. Nothing like this had ever happened before, and the Air Force didn’t know what to do. For the next eight hours, officers frantically struggled to prevent a massive explosion – so powerful that it could destroy much of Arkansas and deposit lethal radioactive fallout across the east coast.

Directed by Robert Kenner (FOOD, INC.) and based on the critically-acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser, COMMAND AND CONTROL is a cautionary tale of freak accidents and extraordinary heroism that forces viewers to confront the great dilemma that the world has faced since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?

Countries

United States
Director
Robert Kenner
Producer
Robert Kenner, Melissa Robledo, Mark Samels, Eric Schlosser
Screenwriter
Robert Kenner, Eric Schlosser
Editor
Kim Roberts
Music
Mark Adler
Cast
Staff Sergeant Rodney L. Holder, Lieutenant Allan D. Childers, Bob Peurifoy, Senior Airman David Powell, Airman Jeffrey L. Plumb, Bill Stevens, Harold Brown, Col. John T. Moser, Col. Ben G. Scallorn, James L. “Skip” Rutherford III, David H. Pryor, Sid Kin