The Fifth Missile

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The Fifth Missile
Genre Drama
Written by Eric Bercovici
Frank M. Robinson
Thomas N. Scortia
Directed by Larry Peerce
Starring Robert Conrad
Sam Waterston
David Soul
Music by Pino Donaggio
Country of origin Italy
United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Eric Bercovici
Producer(s) Arthur Fellows
Frederick Muller (associate producer)
Cinematography Cristiano Pogany
Editor(s) Maureen O'Connell
Jack Tucker
Running time 150 minutes
Production company(s) Bercovici/St.Johns Productions
MGM/UA Television
Distributor NBC
Original network NBC
Original release
  • February 23, 1986 (1986-02-23) (U.S.)

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. The ship's crew goes slowly insane due to exposure to paint chemicals 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 submarine officers from launching ballistic missiles.


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