Nuclear Tipping Point

Documentary tackles nuclear dangers, features Shultz, Perry, Kissinger, and Nunn


Engage broader audiences on the security challenges created by nuclear weapons


Create a documentary on the vision of a world without nuclear weapons and the steps to achieve it


Audiences worldwide have seen the film at high schools, on broadcast networks, and at events with heads of state and members of parliament

More than twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the United States and Russia still account for 95% of the world's nuclear weapons: around 20,000 nuclear weapons total. Thousands of these weapons are on hair trigger status, meaning they can be fired in very little time, and more rogue states and terrorist organizations are looking to acquire the weapons and materials to make bombs.

Nuclear Tipping Point, produced in 2010, follows the work of four prominent Cold Warriors in their fight to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons, prevent their use and their spread, and ultimately end them as a threat to the world. Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, and former Senator Sam Nunn tells the personal stories that led them to writing the January 2007 op-ed by the “four wise men” in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “A World Free of Nuclear Weapons.”

The film is narrated by Michael Douglas and also includes General Colin Powell and Mikhail Gorbachev, among other world leaders. 

The film has been shown coast-to-coast in the United States and globally. The film website at features trailers, the full-length film, an interactive timeline and more. 

The DVD is available in 52-minute and 35-minute lengths, online or by ordering a free copy. Now includes subtitles in Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

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Nuclear Tipping Point Washington, DC

The Newseum, Washington, DC
Sam Nunn, Ted Turner, and the NTI Board of Directors hosted a reception, film screening and dinner for key policy makers and members of the nuclear security community in Washington, DC on May 11, 2010.

White House Hosts Screening of Nuclear Tipping Point

The White House hosts a screening of the documentary film Nuclear Tipping Point. In attendance at the screening, and featured in the film, are former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and former Senator Sam Nunn, who discuss pressing nuclear threats including terrorism, nuclear materials security and weapons programs in the film.

Nuclear Tipping Point at the White House

The White House, Washington, DC
Nuclear Tipping Point, a documentary film on today's global nuclear dangers, was screened at the White House on April 6, 2010.

"Nuclear Tipping Point" Trailer

"Nuclear Tipping Point" is a documentary film that focuses on conversations with four men intimately involved in American diplomacy and national security over many decades. Former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and former Senator Sam Nunn share the personal experiences that led them to write the series of Wall Street Journal op-eds in support of a world free of nuclear weapons and the steps needed to get there.

Nuclear Tipping Point Premiere

Los Angeles, CA
The world premiere of Nuclear Tipping Point was held in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 27. It was co-hosted by George Shultz, William Perry, Sam Nunn, Henry Kissinger, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, in conjunction with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, and held at Universal Studios. The evening's events began with a reception and screening of the film which were followed by a panel discussion and dinner. The panel featured four co-hosts and was moderated by New York Times reporter and best selling author Philip Taubman.

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