Command and Control

Spotlight

World Premiere

USA | 92 MINUTES

COMMAND AND CONTROL

Documentary
September 18, 1980, 6:25 p.m., Titan II base in Damascus, Arkansas. On this fateful night an explosion kills an Air Force member and transforms the lives of everyone on the base. Honing in on a single case of so-called “human error”, Command and Control juxtaposes precision on a minute scale against the gargantuan risks inherent in the United States’ aggressive nuclear proliferation policy during the Cold War. This high-stakes documentary thriller draws connections between Titan, the Bravo test at Bikini Atoll, and a B-52 crash above Goldsboro, North Carolina in 1961 to show, as First Lieutenant Allan Childers notes in one scene, “When you’re working on a weapon of mass destruction, you’re counting on everything to work perfect all the time — and things just don’t work perfect all the time.”

—Genna Terranova

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Robert Kenner

Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc. is one of the top grossing theatrical documentaries. It received widespread acclaim, multiple awards including two Emmys and an Academy Award nomination, and has influenced food policy decisions. Kenner has also directed specials for National Geographic and PBS’s American Experience, award-winning commercials and corporate films.
Director
Robert Kenner
Screenwriter
Robert Kenner, Eric Schlosser
Producer
Robert Kenner, Melissa Robledo, Mark Samels, Eric Schlosser
Editor
Kim Roberts, A.C.E.
Cinematographer
Paul Goldsmith, Jay Redmond
Composer
Mark Adler
Story By
Brian Pearle, Kim Roberts
Cast
Rodney Holder, Allan Childers, Eric Schlosser, Bob Peurifoy, Bill Stevens, Dave Powell, Jeffrey Plumb, Harold Brown, David Pryor, Skip Rutherford, Col. John Moser, Col. Ben Scallorn, Sid King, Mona Harper, Sam Hutto, James Sandaker, Greg Devlin

CONTACTS

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Print Source
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WGBH Educational Foundation
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International Sales Contact
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PBS Distribution
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