Fail-Safe is a 2000 TV adaptation of the original 1964 film about a nuclear misunderstanding during the Cold War. Mistakes are made. The world may end. Honestly, this makes for tense "entertainment". Really scary, because this kind of thing could actually happen. This version stars Richard Dreyfuss, Harvey Keitel, Brian Dennehy, George Clooney, Norman Lloyd (who has a ST:TNG connection), Bill Smitrovich (who has a ST:DS9 connection and who was Inspector Cramer in the Nero Wolfe TV series), James Cromwell (who has ST connections), Sam Elliott, Don Cheadle, Tommy Hinkley (who has a ST connection) and as Host - Walter Cronkite. I don't remember when this came out, and I know I didn't see it then. I can't imagine how I missed it. It's hard to watch. I was in tears at one point.
Live television drama is such a wonderful idea. Why not more of this than the current live "reality tv"?
DVD Talk describes this as a "straight remake" of the 1964 film and says, "What we get in the 2000 version, with its stark monochrome look and warts-and-all live performance, is a somber immediacy that manages to heighten the tension in an already taut story." DVD Journal says, "it's a fine piece of work, but nothing new. ... That said, the cast is uniformly good." Rotten Tomatoes has a score of 100%.