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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Command and Control

2016, Robert Kenner, USA, 92 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 7th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 7th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 8th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 9th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Oct 10th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Oct 11th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Oct 12th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Oct 13th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

"Terrifying." — Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

"As white-knuckle suspensful as any movie you are likely to see this year." — Amy Taubin, Artforum

"Run to see it. It is that good." — Rachel Bronson, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

No fictional disaster movie could equal the real-life shivers evoked by this stunning exposé of nuclear near-annihilation based on a little-known 1980 accident and its coverup at a missile silo in rural Arkansas. As first chronicled in Eric Schlosser’s book, director Kenner (FOOD, INC.) relates how the entire central U.S. came within a hair’s breadth of complete obliteration on September 19, 1980, not from attack by a foreign enemy, but as the direct result of a dropped wrench detonating one of our most powerful nuclear warheads. With slow-building horror, this documentary thriller details the timeline, the muddled response of authorities, and the accident’s aftermath, as it becomes evident that legions of military guards, secret codes, and the concrete bunkers meant to safeguard America’s vast nuclear arsenal from outside threats are all for nought in the face of the equipment’s most basic vulnerability. DCP digital. (BS)

OCTOBER 7 at 8 PM: Appearing in person for audience discussion is producer, writer, and author Eric Schlosser, author of such books as Command and Control and Fast Food Nation, and Rachel Bronson, Executive Director of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. The discussion will be moderated by Emma Belcher, Director of Nuclear Challenges program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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