Fail-Safe (1964 film)
It's discouraging to make a mistake, but it's humiliating when you find out you're so unimportant that nobody noticed it.Chuck Daly
Brigadier General Warren Abraham Black
- [flying over New York City] We've all been briefed on the mission, so there is nothing more to say. I only have one last order...no one else is to have anything to do with the dropping of the bombs. I repeat, I will fly the plane and release the bombs. The final act is mine.
- [dying words] Katie...a dream...a dream...the matador...the matador... the matador...me...me.
- [on Groeteschele recommending a first strike]
- General Black: You're justifying murder.
- Professor Groeteschele: Yes, to keep from being murdered!
- U.S. Ambassador to Moscow: Mr. President!
- The President: Yes, Jay?
- U.S. Ambassador to Moscow: I can hear the sound of explosions from the northeast! The sky is very bright, all lit up(cut off by high shrill sound of the Ambassador's phone melting from the nuclear blast)
- The President:(on the intercom) Put me through to General Black.
- General Black: Yes, Mr. President?
- The President: Blackie...
- General Black:(obviously upset) Yes, Mr. President?
- The President:(sighing in resignation) Moscow's been destroyed. Drop your bombs according to plan.
- General Black:(pause) Yes, sir.
- Dan O'Herlihy — General Warren Abraham Black or "Blackie"
- Henry Fonda — The President
- Walter Matthau — Professor Groeteschele
- Larry Hagman - Buck
- Frank Overton - Gen. Bogan
- Ed Binns - Col. Jack Grady
- Fritz Weaver - Col. Cascio
- William Hansen - Defense Secretary Swenson
- Russell Hardie - Gen. Stark
- Russell Collins - Gordon Knapp
- Sorrell Booke - Congressman Raskob
- Nancy Berg - Ilsa Woolfe
- Dom DeLuise - Sgt. Collins
- Frieda Altman - Mrs. Jennie Johnson
- Hildy Parks - Betty Black
- Janet Ward - Helen Grady
- Louise Larabee - Mrs. Cascio