THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

BY DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT (1990)










#79 of the Weber Movie Countdown is 1990's By Dawn's Early Light. Stumbled across this relic on YouTube and got drawn in. Not great but not awful either. Basically the Russians accidentally launch a limited nuclear attack on some of America’s military bases and missile silos. There was a nuclear detonation in Russia, but by some dissidents, not the U-S. Whoops! President Martin Landau has mere minutes to decide what to do, match the Russian attack with a similar attack on their military bases or go whole hog nuclear in case this is a trick. You’ll never guess what the military favors doing! Anyway, Landau is temporarily incapacated and everyone assumes he’s dead. The last surviving government official left alive in Presidential succession is located in Baton Rouge and taken aboard Air Force One – yep, the secretary of the interior (Darrin McGavin) is now the President, and all he wants to do is WIN!!! (sound familiar?). Pretty good cast despite being a tad over the top – James Earl Jones as the general heading up the Looking Glass plane, Rip Torn as the general who eggs on McGavin, Peter MacNichol as the officer by Landau’s side throughout, and Powers Booth & Rebecca DeMornay as bomber pilots (as well as lovers) having to decide to follow their orders or turn back. Directed by Jack Sholder, director of The Hidden.

SHOULD TLA SEE THIS: Nah, only for nuclear war movie completists – as I seem to be