UPDATE: Command and Control will air on PBS on Jan. 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET, following President Obama's farewell address, which will be aired live by the network. Please tune in for this gripping and very important film!
Did you miss Command and Control when it screened in your city this fall? No worries, the acclaimed Robert Kenner documentary is coming to PBS in early 2017 and will be available for free streaming and for purchase shortly after the broadcast.
As the critics have noted, it’s a film well worth seeing – both as a cautionary tale and as pure edge-of-your-seat entertainment. From The New York Times to Rolling Stone, reviewers have called it masterful, riveting, convincing, and fascinating.
Based on author Eric Schlosser’s book of the same name, Command and Control tells the story of a terrifying accident in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980, when a worker at the Titan II missile complex dropped a socket, puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile armed with a nuclear warhead. The heart-pounding race to prevent the missile from exploding and the nuclear weapon from detonating is captured in the film through flashbacks and original footage juxtaposed against present-day interviews with those involved, from the workers in the missile silos to then-Secretary of Defense Harold Brown. Even Bill Clinton has a cameo, in historical footage, as he was the Arkansas governor at the time.