Command and Control

PRESENTED BY: Sno-King Meaningful Movies
7:00 PM, Saturday, March 11, 2017 PST
Location: Edmonds, WA (click for map)

With the danger of nuclear accident or exchange still with us almost 30 years after the Cold War ended, Sno-King Meaningful Movies will show “Command and Control,” a chilling minute-by-minute account of a near catastrophic nuclear explosion at a Titan II Missile complex after a worker drops a socket and punctures a missile’s fuel tank.

The screening will be on Saturday, March 11th at 7 pm at the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 8109 224th St. SW, Edmonds. Discussion will follow with special guests Doris Fulton of Snohomish Peace Action, and Mary Hanson, of Ground Zero.  Both organizations are part of the Washington Coalition to Stop the New Nuclear Arms Race.  Washington is particularly vulnerable, especially with the Trident Submarine base in Bangor and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on the Columbia River.

This documentary film tells the long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. Based on the critically-acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser, the chilling new documentary exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen when the weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us. The film features the minute-by-minute accounts of Air Force personnel, weapon designers, and first responders who were on the scene that night. “Command and Control” reveals the unlikely chain of events that caused the accident and the feverish efforts to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States – a warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

Following the film we will hold a discussion and hear from our special guests.

Doors open at 6:30 for conversation and refreshments, film begins at 7:00.

Donations are gladly accepted to help Sno-King Meaningful Movies continue to bring important films to the community.

Special Guests: Mary Hanson of Ground Zero and Doris Fulton of Snohomish Peace Action


  • Peace and Justice Committee, Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation
  • Snohomish County Peace Action
  • Social Action Ministry, Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church

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Release Year: 2016

Running Time: 1 hr. 32 min.

Director: Robert Kenner

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  1. Dwight Rousu
    #1 Dwight Rousu 26 February, 2017, 15:51

    The movie is engaging. It bores in on one very dangerous accident and the people story within that accident, and places that story within the context of the question of how did we get so many doomsday weapons and how this could all end badly. If you want to refresh your consciousness about what “badly” could be, I recommend watching

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    • Tanya
      Tanya 26 February, 2017, 17:43

      Following Dwight’s suggestion, I watched “The Day After” which graphically depicts the horrific cascade of effects of a nuclear war
      on civilian populations. It goes beyond what an accidental discharge of a nuclear weapon would bring.

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