1995, Buena Vista, 116 min, USA, Dir: Tony Scott

When rebels overrun a Russian ICBM missile site, a U.S. nuclear sub captained by Gene Hackman is dispatched to deal with the problem. A command to launch their nuclear warhead is radioed to the sub, but the follow-up message is interrupted when they’re attacked, thus setting in motion a ferocious test of wills between hawkish Hackman and more circumspect second-in-command Denzel Washington. A brilliantly acted, surprisingly thought-provoking military drama in the vein of FAIL-SAFE, with able support from Matt Craven, Viggo Mortensen and James Gandolfini.

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