The Fifth Missile

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The Fifth Missile
Directed by Larry Peerce
Written by Eric Bercovici
Frank M. Robinson
Thomas N. Scortia
Starring Robert Conrad
Sam Waterston
David Soul
Music by Pino Donaggio
Cinematography Cristiano Pogany
Edited by Maureen O'Connell
Jack Tucker
Distributed by National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
Release dates
  • February 23, 1986 (1986-02-23) (U.S.)
Running time
150 minutes
Country Italy
United States
Language English

The Fifth Missile is a 1986 TV movie starring Robert Conrad, Sam Waterston and David Soul about an American ballistic missile submarine, based on the novel The Gold Crew by Frank M. Robinson and Thomas N. Scortia. Her crew goes slowly insane due to exposure to chemicals in paint onboard and believes a missile test exercise is, in fact, nuclear war. It explores the inability of U.S. command structures to control and prevent rogue ballistic missile submarine officers from launching missiles.


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