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World War III 

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In 1987, Soviet paratroopers drop into Alaska to sabotage the oil pipeline in retaliation against a United States grain embargo. A skirmish occurs at a pumping station, lightly defended by ... See full summary »




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Complete series cast summary:
David Soul ...  Col. Jake Caffey 2 episodes, 1982
Brian Keith ...  Secretary General Gorny 2 episodes, 1982
Cathy Lee Crosby ...  Maj. Kate Breckenridge 2 episodes, 1982
Jeroen Krabbé ...  Col. Alexander Vorashin 2 episodes, 1982
Robert Prosky ...  Gen. Aleksey Rudenski 2 episodes, 1982
Katherine Helmond ...  Dorothy Longworth 2 episodes, 1982
James Hampton ...  Richard Hickman 2 episodes, 1982
Rock Hudson ...  President Thomas McKenna 2 episodes, 1982
Harry Basch ...  Adm. Vernon Blanchard 2 episodes, 1982
Frank Dent Frank Dent ...  Tim Hardy 2 episodes, 1982
Rick Fitts ...  Maj. George Devery 2 episodes, 1982
John Lehne John Lehne ...  Brig. Gen. Gard Roberts 2 episodes, 1982
Marcus K. Mukai Marcus K. Mukai ...  Sgt. Johnny Parson 2 episodes, 1982
William Traylor William Traylor ...  Maj. Nicolai Saamaretz 2 episodes, 1982
Lee Wallace ...  Dr. Jules Farber 2 episodes, 1982
Kai Wulff ...  Konstantin Sculoff 2 episodes, 1982
Richard Yniguez ...  Capt. Angel Cordobes 2 episodes, 1982


In 1987, Soviet paratroopers drop into Alaska to sabotage the oil pipeline in retaliation against a United States grain embargo. A skirmish occurs at a pumping station, lightly defended by Col. Jake Caffey and a National Guard recon unit. A stalemate ensues while the possibility of World War III hangs in the balance. The danger escalates as the Soviet premier and the U.S. President play a cat-and-mouse game. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Release Date:

31 January 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weltkrieg III See more »

Filming Locations:

Oregon, USA

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1.33 : 1
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The series takes place in 1987. See more »


By The End Of The Movie Coup Leaders Decide On An All-Out Nuclear Strike, Mistakenly Believing That U. S. Law Requires The President To Obtain Congressional Approval Before An American Nuclear Attack. In Actuality The President Does Not Need Congressional Approval To Use Nuclear Weapons. See more »


President Thomas McKenna: I'm afraid I've reached that age when sex is constantly on my mind but rarely on my agenda.
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Dated But Interesting
3 September 1999 | by Eric-62-2See all my reviews

Thankfully, this 1982 miniseries no longer has any contemporary relevance unless you're doing a study of Cold War era movies (I won't comment on the dated aspects of the political outlook, since I've done that with other movies like "2010" and "Dr. Strangelove"). I have to wonder though if the previous reviewer is confusing Brian Keith's performance in "Meteor" with this one, because that was the film where he spoke only Russian. In this one, it was just accented English.

Rock Hudson is credible as the president, though there's really not much to brag about from the rest of the cast. I do have to give the producers credit for their metaphorical depiction of the end. Gil Melle's music accompanying the images is probably the most frightening sounding I've ever heard in a TV score. It's much more eerily effective than the graphic attempts at realism in "The Day After" (and reminiscent of the ending of "Fail Safe").

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