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Disaster at Silo 7 (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | TV Movie 27 November 1988
A fuel leak inside an ICBM silo creates a dangerous situation that sends the local military and civilian authorities into a panic.


Larry Elikann


Mark Carliner (story), Douglas Lloyd McIntosh (story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Baker ... Col. Chadwick
Peter Boyle ... Gen. Sanger
Patricia Charbonneau ... Kathy Fitzgerald
Perry King ... Maj. Hicks
Michael O'Keefe ... Sgt. Mike Fitzgerald
Joe Spano ... Sgt. Swofford
Dennis Weaver ... Sheriff Ben Harlen
Joe Urla ... Pepper Martinelli
Brent Jennings ... A.C. Jones
Christian Clemenson ... Col. Brandon
Ken Jenkins ... Clarence
Maureen Teefy ... Penny Travers
Jack Kehler ... Col. Canby
Olivia Burnette ... Jennifer Fitzgerald
Justin Burnette ... T.J. Fitzgerald
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During routine maintenance of a liquid-fuelled ICBM, the fuel tank is penetrated by a falling spanner. The film traces the efforts of the maintenance crew and associated military and civilian personnel to recover the potentially disastrous situation before the fuel tank is sufficiently depressurised that the stack collapses and explodes. Written by Mike McBain <mike@calcite.apana.org.au>

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Based on a true story. On September 18, 1980, a Titan II ICBM inside Silo 374-7 of the US Air Force's 308th Strategic Missile Wing, located outside of Damascus, Arkansas, suffered a fuel leak due to a dropped socket wrench which struck and pierced the missile's skin. The missile exploded as two Propellant Transfer System airmen, Sgt. Jeff Kennedy and Sr. Airman David Livingston, were attempting to vent the leaking fuel and potentially save the missile. SrA Livingston died of his injuries. Sgt. Kennedy and twenty other airmen were injured in the blast. The nine-megaton W53 warhead was ejected from the missile and was found outside the complex with minimal damage. Jeff Kennedy was a technical advisor for this film. See more »


The movie takes place at a Titan II missile silo in East Texas, surrounded by desert and scrub brush. For one, East Texas is dense forest, not desert. Second, there were never any Titan II silos in Texas. The actual 1980 incident occurred in Arkansas, and the film was shot at the Titan Missile Museum in Arizona, which is the only fully-intact Titan II complex still in existence. See more »


Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »


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Suggested correction to commentary.
15 September 2007 | by oshooterSee all my reviews

As a former member of the 308th SMW at LRAFB (the real life unit where the actual incident occurred), I found the movie to be lame at best. As is the case with so many "military" movies, it failed to accurately convey any of the realities of military life (they even made serious errors with the uniforms), they over sensationalized basic everyday things and glossed over major issues. Cheesy doesn't even begin to cover it.

Also, contrary to your 5th point, the Peacekeeper was not bigger than the Titan II in any respect. The Titan II was 103' long while the Peacekeeper was a mere 71'6" tall. The Titan II was 10' in diameter while the PK was only 7'7" in diameter. The Titan carried a single (unclassified) 9 Megaton W-53 Warhead while the PK carried a maximum of 10 300 Kiloton W-87 MIRV's (total maximum yield 3 Megatons). All in all, the PK was a fine "kid brother" of the Titan II, but the Titan maintains it's ranking as the #1 largest US ICBM ever fielded.

The point that the gentleman was making was that due to the accuracy of the current systems, as well as a shift in US nuclear policy, we no longer need massive single warheads capable of destroying entire cities in order to take out a single military target. We can now do it with a single much smaller yield MIRV without having to kill 10's or even 100's of thousands of innocent civilians, ergo, his statement was correct in every aspect, so " Bottom line: if there still was a U.S. military need for large, land-based ICBM warheads, there would still be Titan II's on alert today.", we just don't NEED such large WARHEADS any longer.

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27 November 1988 (USA) See more »

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