Directed by: William Hale (as Billy Hale)
Actors: William Devane, Michael Brandon, Adrienne Barbeau
Also known as: Red Alert , Alerta roja, Alerte rouge, Red alert – allarme rosso, Großalarm
Description:I take you now back to the year 1977, guys and gals, a full week before the original Star Wars forever changed the world of storytelling on the big screen. But our film du jour – RED ALERT – was something created solely for the television airwaves, and, as such, carried with it a certain style of seriousness and pride in its tale. Here, a nuclear power plant suffers a computer malfunction, trapping workers inside – and only one man (William Devane, the straight man’s Paul Lynde) can save the day. Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Brandon, Ralph Waite, David Hayward, and M. Emmet Walsh co-star in this tense made-for-television thriller based on Harold King’s novel Paradigm Red, and directed by Billy Hale (who also helmed such ’70s TV thrillers as The Killer Who Wouldn’t Die and S.O.S. Titanic).
Review: This griping and harrowing ’70s made-for-TV tragedy thriller tells the frightfully possible tale of an almost total meltdown at a Minnesota nuclear energy plant that’s brought on by a sudden explosion. Trying to avert a significant disaster are cynical veteran investigator Frank Brolen (a top-notch performance by the always excellent William Devane) along with his younger eager-beaver partner Carl Wyche (winningly played by Michael Brandon). Standing in Brolen’s way is strict ramrod by-the-book nuke-plant manager Henry Stone (a splendidly hateful Ralph Waite).