THE FIFTH MISSILE (TV movie)
Officers on a nuclear submarine face the prospect of World War III when toxic paint causes their logic to go haywire, and they threaten to use their deadly missile on an unsuspecting world.
Does his job. Yells at men to keep them in line. Rubs hands nervously. Worries about possibility of war. Trusts Robert Conrad enough to mutiny. Does that mouth wipe after hitting a man over head with big wrench.
Tan Navy uniform, submariner badge above pocket, another (probably petty officer) below. Blue and white running shoes while on sub.
"Off target... has to be the seasons most ludicrously contrived story... inconsistent and illogical... laughable for its inertia (performances) are low-key to the point of being lifeless." Lee Margulies, Los Angeles Times, 2/22/1986, sec.V, p.12.
"Blue paint threatens the world." (About JB) "A crewman who opts to help Conrad prevent WWIII is stricken inexplicably while helping rifle the small arms chest." Variety, 3/5/1986.
" a preposterous, full-hysteria-ahead plot overlong and overwrought." John J. OConnor, New York Times, 2/23/1986, sec.II, p.29.
"Goofy, but it does have its moments seems to be made up of stray pieces of other movies, isnt something to be taken seriously, thank goodness. a key participant (JB) suffers a heart attack at a vital moment " John Corry, New York Times, 2/23/1986, sec.II, p.29.
" a gripping flick but you do need to suspend your disbelief " Jeff Jarvis, People, 2/24/86, p.9.
Well, he dies, but its not clear from script or direction whether he was poisoned by toxic paint, or struck by a heart attack. Maybe the heart attack was caused by the toxic paint?
"It doesn't look too good, does it, sir?"
"Twenty-four missiles -- three hundred tons of nitro -- happy dreams."
"I'm sorry, sir, I think you've gone round the bend."
"It's my stomach. It's the first time I've ever been part of a mutiny."
Filmed in Malta and Italy, without the cooperation of the U.S. Navy.
About 8 minutes in 12 scenes, starting 10 minutes in, ending at 2 hour mark.