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Cold War History A Resource Guide: Features


3 days of the Condor (VHS)

CIA researcher is forced to go underground when a rival branch kills of the co-workers at his office.

1984 (VHS)

Film version of the novel.

Biff Baker U. S. A.

A husband and wife work as spies under the guise of their import/export company during the Cold War era.

Colossus : the Forbin project (VHS)

The United States and Russia have both built computer complexes capable of independently regulating national defenses of their countries. However, the two computers link and share classified information and top secrets, and it is up to the American designer of the U.S. complex, Charles Forbin, and his Soviet counterpart to stop the computers from seizing control of the world's nuclear missile stockpile

Doctor Strangelove : or, How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb  Videodisc DVD:"20th anniversary edition

Something goes terribly wrong with the nuclear balance of power: comedy.

 Doctor Zhivago  DVD    Videodisc

A poet and surgeon, husband and lover finds his life disrupted by World War I and the Russian Revolution. It alters the lives of many, including Tonya, the gentle woman he marries and Lara, the woman he cannot forget.

Est-Ouest = East/West (DVD)

Follows the story of an expatriate Russian and his French wife as they return to the Soviet Union in 1946 and learn to live in the post-war Soviet Union. The story eventually revolves around the struggle of the wife to decide if she should stay or leave.

 Fail-safe (DVD)

Something goes terribly wrong with the nuclear balance of power: drama.

Firefox (VHS)

Clint Eastwood's high-flying thriller of a desperate plot to steal the top-secret Russian warplane code-named "Firefox."

Guilty by suspicion (VHS)

Based on the McCarthy witchhunts of the 1950's, this film tells the story of the destruction of the career of a director: all he has to do to revive his stalled career is testify against friends who are suspected of being Communists.

Hunt for Red October Videodisc  VHS [1990]    VHS [1996 widescreen]

Mutiny on a Soviet nuclear sub threatens World War III.

Ice Station Zebra VHS format  DVD format

An American nuclear sub.. a sky full of Russian paratroopers--and a race for the secret of Ice Station Zebra.

 Innocent (VHS)

A young engineer is sent to post-WWII Berlin to help the Americans in spying on the Russians. In a time and place where discretion is still a man's best friend, he falls in love with a mysterious woman who will take him on the dark side of evil.

Invasion of the body snatchers (DVD)

1956 version. Considered by many scholars to be an allegory of Cold War America.

Jigsaw man (British BETA)

Sir Philip Kimberly, former head of the British Secret Service, defected to the USSR leaving hidden in England a dossier detailing Russian agents in the West. After 40 years, the Soviets send him back to England to do one last job

Journey (VHS)

A young Russian boy and an American Jewish engineer meet in Leningrad during World War II and form a friendship that changes both their lives.

Lumumba (VHS)

Biopic of the Congolese revolutionary, Patrice Lumumba, who lead his country to independence from Belgium in 1960. He served, for less than a year, as the first elected prime minister until he was brutally assassinated.

In French with English subtitles.

Manchurian candidate (DVD)

A U.S. Army platoon, captured in the Korean conflict, is whisked to Manchuria for three nightmarish days of experimental drug-and-hypnosis- induced conditioning that transforms the men into human time bombs. Returned to the United States as war heroes, one of them is used by his mother to promote her Joseph McCarthy-like husband's political career.

Original Frank Sinatra version. Do not confuse with Denzell Washington version.

On the beach (DVD)

Radioactive fallout from a nuclear war has wiped out the entire northern hemisphere, with the exception of Australia. With fallout expected momentarily, the Australians review their lives, establish new relationships and prepare for their tragic demise.

On the waterfront Videodisc Capacitance System   Videodisk: Laserdisc Extended Play  VHS  DVD  

Considered by some film historians to be Director Elia Kazan's allegorical defense of his cooperating with the House of Un-American Activities Committee.

Pickup on South Street (DVD)

Petty crook Skip McCoy has his eye set on the big score. When the three-time convict picks the pocketbook of unsuspecting Candy, he finds a haul bigger than he ever could have imagined: a strip of microfilm bearing confidential U.S. secrets. Tailed by the Feds and the unwitting courier's Communist puppeteers, Skip and Candy find themselves in a precarious gambit that pits greed against redemption.

Rambo : the complete collector's set (DVD)

Contains all four Rambo motion pictures:

  • First blood (1982)
  • Rambo, First blood part II (1985)
  • Rambo III (1988)
  • Rambo (2008)

Red heat (VHS)

A Soviet detective tracks a deadly Russian drug smuggler to Chicago where he's teamed up with a fearless but undisciplined Chicago cop.

Russia house (Videodisc)

An Englishman and a Russian woman are caught up in a world of spies and politics and a love affair which could prove fatal to them both.

Sacrifice (DVD)

Swedish-Soviet co-production about redemption and the nuclear holocaust. When a middle aged intellectual in retirement on an island in the Baltic Seas witnesses signs of what he believes to be a nuclear holocaust, he offers to make the ultimate sacrifice in return for the salvation of mankind.

Stalin (VHS)

HBO biopic with Robert Duvall as Uncle Joe.

Testament (Beta)

A nuclear strike has occurred. No one knows who made it or why, but the unthinkable has happened, and nothing can ever be the same. Carol must hold her family together and watch helplessly as her loved ones become victims of the deadly invisible radiation.

Third man DVD (1999 release)   DVD (2006 release)   VHS  

Set in post-war Vienna, an American western-adventure writer searches for a friend who turns out to be the king-pin of the Austrian black market.

Topaz (VHS)

Hitchcock's treatment of the Leon Uris novel: an American CIA agent enlists the help of a French agent to break up a Russian spy ring.

Torn curtain VHS (1983 release)    VHS (1984 release)

A Hitchcock action thriller behind the Iron Curtain.

Ugly American (VHS)

A compassionate American Ambassador to the strife-torn Southeast Asian nation of Sarkhan tries to keep Communists in the North from overrunning the weakened democracy in the South by making sure a vital road into the country's inaccessible interior goes through.

Whistle blower (VHS)

A war veteran tries to investigate the murder of his son who was working as a Russian translator for the British intelligence service during the Cold War. He meets a web of deception and paranoia that seems impenetrable.

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