Countdown to Zero

Countdown to Zero

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2010
UPC: 0876964003544
Original Release: 2010
Rating: PG
Source: Magnolia
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 59,251

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Additional interviews; Archival footage; Ploughshares fund PSA; A letter from the filmmakers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Valerie Plame Wilson Participant
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen Participant
Lawrence Scott Sheets Participant
Zia Mian Participant
Pervez Musharraf Participant
Mike Chinoy Participant
Alexander Glaser Participant
Matthew Bunn Participant
Graham Allison Participant
Pervez Hoodbhoy Participant
Tony Blair Participant
Andrew Koch Participant
Ahmed Rashid Participant
Joe Cirincione Participant
Jeffrey Lewis Participant
Bruce Blair Participant
Roger Molander Participant
Jimmy Carter Participant
Mikhail Gorbachev Participant
Zbigniew Brzezinski Participant
Ira Helfand Participant
Frank von Hippel Participant
R. Scott Kemp Participant
Robert S. McNamara Participant
Richard Cizik Participant
F.W. de Klerk Participant
Thomas d'Agostino Participant
Richard Burt Participant
James Baker Participant

Technical Credits
Lucy Walker Director,Screenwriter
Lawrence Bender Producer
Bruce Blair Executive Producer
Matthew Brown Executive Producer
Robert Chappell Cinematographer
Gary Clarke Cinematographer
Bryan Donnell Cinematographer
Brad Fuller Editor
Peter Golub Score Composer
Nick Higgins Cinematographer
Brian Johnson Editor
Lisa Remington Co-producer
Jeff Skoll Executive Producer
Diane Weyermann Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Countdown to Zero
1. Introduction [3:00]
2. Madness [12:31]
3. Smuggling [2:25]
4. Accident [11:27]
5. Building a Bomb [9:47]
6. Monitoring [5:37]
7. Acquiring a Bomb [2:27]
8. No Control [12:27]
9. Miscalculation [8:12]
10. Nuclear Summit [9:44]
11. Eliminating Nuclear Weapons [7:19]
12. Credits [3:51]

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Countdown to Zero 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BobbyGimel More than 1 year ago
I haven't seen this yet, but the only other review spews a claim about a missile defense system that we don't have...despite spending millions of dollars in the past 30 years... I'd say that, with that opinion out there, that this film is needed...
AnnetteOC More than 1 year ago
Someone's not happy unless everyone else is constantly paranoid. After using interviews with random people on the street to show how unaware and uneducated the general public is about nuclear weapons, the filmmaker made a huge mistake using these people's opinions as support for his policy recommendations. Some of the footage, supposedly portraying accidents, is suspect because the explosions looked more like purposeful test runs. And after showing how "easy" it is to build a nuclear warhead, it's never explained how the US and Russia eliminating their ballistic missile supply would actually prevent terrorists from building their own. The knowledge won't just disappear, you know! If you feel like sitting through a lobbying group's two-hour commercial that resorts to scare tactics and doesn't mention ballistic missile defense projects once, by all means go see this film.