Command and Control

  • Tues Feb 7
Command and Control

introduced by Cornell professor Wayles Browne (Linguistics); free admission

Robert Kenner

The documentary reveals the long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. Woven through the Damascus story is a riveting history of America’s nuclear weapons program, from World War II through the Cold War, much of it based on recently declassified documents. “Based on the harrowing book by Eric Schlosser (who not only co-wrote, but also appears in the film), this unsettling production is equal parts history lesson, cautionary tale and nerve-rattling thriller, using all manner of nonfiction devices to elicit both horror and outrage over the precariousness of our deadliest arsenals.” (Variety) One of fifteen films shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature Oscar.

Cosponsored with the Cornell Committee to Prevent Nuclear War.


Ithaca premiere
DCP color
1 hour 32 minutes
release year/country
2016 USA