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DIRECTOR: Sidney Lumet

WITH: Henry Fonda, Dan O’Herlihy, Walter Matthau

Newly restored, this gripping Cold War thriller explores how a nuclear war could be started accidentally through computer errors and human misunderstandings. Made soon after the real-life Cuban Missile Crisis, it stars Henry Fonda as a thoughtful and principled US President, struggling to avoid catastrophe, and Walter Matthau as his sinister hawkish adviser. Watching this in the current political climate may make you shudder. In any case, you’ll be on the edge of your seat to the very last moment.


Restorations and Rediscoveries is presented in partnership with Adder Technology

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The Cambridge Film Festival is presented by the Cambridge Film Trust, a registered charity with a mission to foster film culture and education for the benefit of the public, in Cambridge and the Eastern region but also throughout the UK.