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COUNTDOWN TO ZERO
USA: Magnolia Pictures
UK: Dogwoof Pictures
Cast: Valerie Plame Wilson, Graham Allison, Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Matthew Bunn, Lawrence Scott Sheets, Oleg Khintsagov, Scott Sagan, Zia Mian, Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pervez Musharraf, Mike Chinoy, Alexander Glaser, Tony Blair, Andrew Koch, Ahmed Rashid, Joe Cirincione, Jeffrey Lewis, Bruce Blair, Roger Molander, Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Ira Helfand, Frank von Hippel, R Scott Kemp, Robert McNamara, Richard Cizik, F W de Klerk, Thomas D’Agostino, Richard Burt, James Baker III
Director: Lucy Walker
USA: 91 mins
UK: 89 mins
USA Rated: PG for thematic material, images of destruction and incidental smoking
UK Certificate: PG contains news footage of terrorist attacks
USA Release Date: 23 July 2010 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 24 June 2011 (Limited Release)
COUNTDOWN TO ZERO traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the current situation where nine nations possess nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, leaving the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident.
Written and directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker (THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT), the film features an array of important international statesmen, including President Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pervez Musharraf and Tony Blair. It makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament, an issue more topical than ever with the Obama administration working to revive this goal today.