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American Experience: Command and Control

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Robert Kenner

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About the Movie

The long-hidden story of a deadly 1980 accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas, “Command and Control” exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen when weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 37
  • Fresh: 35
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Since 1980, our weaponry has grown far more sophisticated; whether the sophistication of its handlers has grown as well is something you'll be pondering after the ending credits roll. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Sep 13, 2016

Fresh: The pace of the drama is riveting, as it jumps back through the decades to place the accident in the context of the nuclear arms race. – Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 15, 2016

Fresh: Equal parts history lesson, cautionary tale and nerve-rattling thriller, using all manner of nonfiction devices to elicit both horror and outrage over the precariousness of our deadliest arsenals. – Nick Schager, Variety, Apr 17, 2016

Fresh: Lots of documentaries these days will tell you to be afraid, to be very afraid, but few will scare you as coolly and as convincingly as "Command and Control." – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Sep 29, 2016

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Customer Reviews

1983 The Day After: accurate portrayal!

This documentary is amazing. The folks here are the actual people that were in this event! Sandia Labs, USAF, Martin Marietta, the Trinity site, White Sands Missile Range, SAC in Omaha: its all in this factual film. True footage from this event is shown. Chilling! We MUST move away from nuclear weapons.

American Experience: Command and Control
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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