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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 217126285
UPC: 876964003551
UPC 14: 00876964003551
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Editor's Note
Conventional wisdom has it that the prospect of nuclear war subsided with the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, but filmmaker Lucy Walker illustrates how the nuclear threat has only grown in unexpected ways and moved in new directions in this documentary. There are 23,000 nuclear weapons in the world today, a number of which are unaccounted for (when the USSR split into a handful of separate states, some of their bombs went missing), and as the technology becomes simpler, several major radical terrorist groups and politically unstable nations are trying to obtain nuclear weapons, a prospect that isn't as unlikely as one would hope. And what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on the bomb -- or if some of the "good" people were to detonate one through error or mistaken judgment? In COUNTDOWN TO ZERO, a number of leading politicians and political analysts -- including Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair, Valerie Plame Wilson, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Zbigniew Brzezinski -- discuss the question of nuclear war in the 21st century and what can be done to eliminate the weapons once and for all. Featuring narration by Gary Oldman and music by Pearl Jam, COUNTDOWN TO ZERO received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/1/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 89 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2010
Video UPC UPC: 00876964003551
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Lucy Walker - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Peter Golub - Composer
Video Cast Info Nick Higgins - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Gary Clarke - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Bryan Donnell - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Mikhail Gorbachev - Host
Video Cast Info James Baker III - Host
Video Cast Info Jimmy Carter - Host
Video Cast Info Tony Blair - Host
Video Cast Info Robert S. McNamara - Host
Video Cast Info Zia Mian - Host
Video Cast Info F.W. deKlerk - Host
Video Cast Info Bruce Blair - Host
Video Cast Info Joe Cirincione - Host
Video Cast Info Rolf Mowatt-Larssen - Host
Video Cast Info Pervez Musharraf - Host
Video Cast Info Valerie Plame Wilson - Host
Video Cast Info Lawrence Scott Sheets - Host
Video Cast Info Mike Chinoy - Host
Video Cast Info Alexander Glaser - Host
Video Cast Info Matthew Bunn - Host
Video Cast Info Graham Allison - Host
Video Cast Info Pervez Hoodbhoy - Host
Video Cast Info Andrew Koch - Host
Video Cast Info Ahmed Rashid - Host
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Lewis - Host
Video Cast Info Roger Molander - Host
Video Cast Info Zbigniew Brzezinski - Host
Video Cast Info Ira Helfand - Host
Video Cast Info Frank Vonhippel - Host
Video Cast Info R. Scott Kemp - Host
Video Cast Info Richard Cizik - Host
Video Cast Info Thomas d'Agostino - Host
Video Cast Info Richard Burt - Host
Video Cast Info Robert Chappell - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Lucy Walker - Director

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"COUNTDOWN TO ZERO makes old terrors radioactively new again....[Lucy Walker] has her finger on the ultimate hot-button topic, and she doesn't let go." -- Grade: A- 07/30/2010

Box Office
4 stars out of 5 -- "COUNTDOWN TO ZERO is effective and frightening. It is not a film without hope, as this is very much an advocacy film that suggests how the nuclear threat could be eliminated..." 07/23/2010

New York Times
"Cleverly structured around John F. Kennedy's 1961 address to the United Nations about disarmament, Lucy Walker's documentary assembles a nuclear Who's Who of concerned scientists, writers and politicians." 07/22/2010

Washington Post
3 stars out of 4 -- "Walker makes a clear, cogent and irrefutable case for the total elimination of nuclear weapons." 07/23/2010

Los Angeles Times
"COUNTDOWN TO ZERO is both a comprehensive look at the many ways we are all in terrible danger from the world's 23,000 nuclear weapons and and an understandably desperate plea to cut that total to zero." 07/30/2010

Wall Street Journal
"[I]t has a sense of rhythm, color and humanity that evokes melancholy rather than dread. The nighttime photography, of the world's most luminous cities, awakens our sense of grief -- not for what's gone, but for what could be, in the blink of an eye." 07/23/2010

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "Revealing our frighteningly ongoing near-misses with atomic Armageddon, it's a call for disarmament..." 06/01/2011

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