A movie that is very much a product of its time and era, yet feels so prescient about the advent of technology, especially that employed in war, and the moral and ethical dilemmas it poses. The very nature of war, the human factor involved in that, the interaction of human-machine complex systems, and who ultimately is responsible for pulling the trigger, so to speak.
Sidney Lumet proves what a master he is with this tight, tremendously staged boiler-room thriller, with a great cast, that was overshadowed by the equally terrific Dr. Strangelove, though this is much darker in tone. For once a Kubrick movie is the light one. Who knew.
The conversation Henry Fonda has with the Russian Premier is an amazing class in escalating tension and build up. Loved it from start to finish, the way they frame it, Fonda's looks to his translator, amazing.
Gem of a movie, truly anti-war at its core.