Special Bulletin

TitleSpecial Bulletin
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1983
AuthorsZwick, Edward
Running Time1h 45min
Date Released03/20/1983
DistributorNational Broadcasting Company (NBC)
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

This made-for-television film about nuclear weapons, hostage demands, and media coverage reflects Cold War tensions in the early 1980s. A perfectly typical broadcast evening on a major network is interrupted by a shocking special news bulletin. Anchorman John Woodley (Ed Flanders) and his partner, Susan Myles (Kathryn Walker), reveal that terrorists have threatened to detonate an H-bomb off of the coast of South Carolina if the Navy refuses to agree to their demands -- the disarmament of a key nuclear weapons facility. Soon, the local team covering the story in Charleston is taken hostage and becomes the terrorists' mouthpiece.

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