World War III

Overview

World War III is an ambitious if unnecessarily protracted speculative TV movie. Set in a "future December," the film prophesies an American grain embargo levied on Russia. US President Rock Hudson is entreated by the Soviet higher-ups to drop the ban; meanwhile, a group of renegade Russian military officers begin sending expeditionary forces into Alaska. While the countdown to Doomsday begins, the film insists upon cutting back to several expendable romances in both the American and Soviet camps. Boris Sagal, the...
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Overview

World War III is an ambitious if unnecessarily protracted speculative TV movie. Set in a "future December," the film prophesies an American grain embargo levied on Russia. US President Rock Hudson is entreated by the Soviet higher-ups to drop the ban; meanwhile, a group of renegade Russian military officers begin sending expeditionary forces into Alaska. While the countdown to Doomsday begins, the film insists upon cutting back to several expendable romances in both the American and Soviet camps. Boris Sagal, the original director of World War III, was killed in a freak helicopter accident while on location. To make up for lost time, the production was moved to the soundstages of Zoetrope Studios and overseen by ultra-efficient TV director David Greene. Part Two finds novice American president Rock Hudson trying to effect an honorable peace with Soviet premiere Brian Keith. But insurgent military officers endeavoring to seize the Alaska Pipeline as a bargaining chip continue to escalate the hostilities. It develops that the fate of the world may rest in the hands of American colonel David Soul. Also appearing is Cathy Lee Crosby, endearingly miscast as an intelligence officer. A heart-stopping surprise twist brings World War III to a close. While the film has its moments of genuine suspense, one can't help but feel that World War III would have been better an hour or two shorter--or at least with a few of the subplot romances removed. Originally running four hours, World War III was telecast in two parts on January 31 and February 1, 1982.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2012
  • UPC: 883316676608
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 3:03:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,274

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Soul Lieutenant Colonel Jake Caffey
Brian Keith Secretary General Gorny
Cathy Lee Crosby Maj. Kate Breckenridge
Jeroen Krabbé Colonel Alexander Vorashin
Robert Prosky Colonel General Aleksey Rudenski
Rock Hudson President Thomas McKenna
Katherine Helmond Dorothy Longworth
James Hampton Richard Hickman
Harry Basch
Brad Blaisdell Kimball
Frank Dent
Michael Fairman Tenant
Rick Fitts
Jerry Hardin Philip Olafson
Thomas Hill Budner
John Lehne
Bob Minor Trimble
Susan Niven Megan Hardy
Robert O'Reilly Veigh
Joey Sagal Fest
Anthony Shaw
Liz Sheridan Naomi Glass
Donegan Smith General Schiff
Steve Tannen
William Traylor
Lee Wallace
Kai Wulff Konstantin Sculoff
Richard Yniguez Captain Angel Cordobes
Art Evans Buford
Joe Medalis David
Technical Credits
David Greene Director
Bill Finnegan Executive Producer
Chris Hibler Asst. Director
Robert L. Joseph Screenwriter
Robert L. Kimble Editor
Stevan Larner Cinematographer
William Malley Production Designer
Gil Melle Score Composer
Parkie Singh Editor
Paul Stanhope Makeup
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