The man who saved the world

Published 2015
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With "Operation Able Archer" in the fall of 1983 Ronald Reagan convinced the Soviet Union that NATO was about to launch a nuclear first strike. On 26 September 1983, the nuclear early warning system of the Soviet Union twice reported the launch of USAF Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles from bases in the United States. These missile attack warnings were correctly identified as a false alarm by Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov, an officer of the Soviet Air Defence Forces. This decision is seen as having prevented a retaliatory nuclear attack based on erroneous data on the United States and its NATO allies, which would have probably resulted in nuclear war and the deaths of hundreds of millions of people. Investigation of the satellite warning system later confirmed that the system had malfunctioned.

1 videodisc (113 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
digital optical
video file DVD video region 1
Target Audience Note:
Canadian Home Video Rating: Not rated.
Title from container.
"Few people know of him ... Yet hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him. The actions of Stanislav Petrov, a retired Soviet military officer, prevented the start of a worldwide nuclear war and the devastation of much of the Earth."--IMDb.
Music, Kristian Eidnes Andersen ; cinematography, Kim Hattesen.
Stanislav Petrov, Walter Cronkite, Robert De Niro, Kevin Costner, Matt Damon, Nataliya Vdovina, Sergey Shnyryov.
DVD ; widescreen presentation ; surround sound.
For private home use only.
Audio tracks in English and Russian with English subtitles.
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