Based on the Eugene Burdick/Harvey Wheeler bestseller and adapted by Walter Bernstein, Fail-Safe played deadly serious, unlike Dr. Strangelove (also showing at this year’s Plaza Classic Film Festival), which came out the same year. U.S. planes carrying nuclear bombs accidentally deploy on a bombing mission to Russia. The president (Henry Fonda) orders the Air Force to shoot them down to avoid a nuclear war. He gives the Russian premier permission to do the same. But one plane gets through. It’s a tense and strong commentary on man’s inability to control technology, directed by Sidney Lumet, who had a strong belief in nuclear disarmament.