Rocket Attack, U.S.A. (1961)
Five Minutes to Zero
Nomination Year: 1995
SYNOPSIS: A secret agent is sent to the U.S.S.R. to sabotage the first ICBM made there. He makes contact with a female agent, who is undercover as paramour to a fat, slovenly, and abusive government official. The hero secretly lives in their closet for a few months until the two agents make contact with a third, a fake Brit complete with fake Brit accent, who gives them a bomb. On the way to sabotage the rocket, the Brit and the woman get shot. The agent sucessfully infiltrates the rocket, guarded by two guys in a Fotomat, but the bomb is discovered and the rocket is saved. The saboteur good guy agent is captured and killed. Meanwhile, seemingly in a different film, all is normal back in the good ol' U.S. of A. Until...it's announced that the rocket is coming. Suddenly, chaos: people eat pizza, they buy ties, and blind men walk around intoning "Help me." The rocket destroys New York, but by that time it's hard to care.
- "Alas, Poor Yorick"
Penalty for Traveling
The Russians find the bomb the American planted, and the guard, instead of throwing it away, runs off with it! And blows up.
- Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame John MacKay Monica Davis Beatrice Arthur "Maude" and the chief "Golden Girl" Robert Reed
Director Claim to Fame Barry Mahon the part played by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape was loosely based on his experiences in World War Two; was also Errol Flynn's personal pilot
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