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Countdown to Zero






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COUNTDOWN TO ZERO traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. Written and directed by acclaimed documentarian Lucy Walker (The Devil’s Playground, Blindsight), the film features an array of important international statesmen, including President Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pervez Musharraf and Tony Blair. It makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament, an issue more topical than ever with the Obama administration working to revive this goal today. The film was produced by Academy Award® winner and current nominee Lawrence Bender (Inglourious Basterds, An Inconvenient Truth) and developed, financed and executive produced by Participant Media, together with World Security Institute. Participant collaborated with Magnolia on last year’s Food, Inc., recently nominated for an Academy Award®, and the upcoming CASINO JACK and the United States of Money. Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Bruce Blair and Matt Brown are the film’s executive producers.


Lucy Walker

Lawrence Bender

Brad Fuller
Brian Johnson

Lisa Remington

Jeff Skoll
Diane Weyermann

Bruce Blair
Matt Brown

Peter Golub

Robert Chappell
Gary Clarke
Bryan Donnell
Nick Higgins

Gary Oldman


Interviews in Order of Appearance
Valerie Plame Wilson
Graham Allison
Rolf Mowatt-Larssen
Matthew Bunn
Lawrence Scott Sheets
Oleg Khintsagov
Scott Sagan
Zia Mian
Pervez Hoodbhoy
Pervez Musharraf
Mike Chinoy
Alexander Glaser
Tony Blair
Andrew Koch
Ahmed Rashid
Joe Cirincione
Jeffrey Lewis
Bruce Blair
Roger Molander
Jimmy Carter
Mikhail Gorbachev
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Ira Helfand
Frank von Hippel
R. Scott Kemp
Robert McNamara
Richard Cizik
F. W. de Klerk
Thomas D’Agostino
Richard Burt
James Baker III


“GRIPPING. SPINE-TINGLING. It’s the rare piece of political filmmaking that could unite the left and the right. It makes getting rid of nuclear weapons as less a ‘cause’ than an imperative.” – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

“****THE MOST IMPRESSIVE MATERIAL HERE WOULD MAKE FOR A NAIL-BITING JAMES BOND FILM. Lucy Walker’s artful documentary brings the issue into penetrating focus, making a strong case for renewed global vigilance.” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

“EXHILARATING. ODD AS IT MAY SOUND, IT’S A REMARKABLY BEAUTIFUL MOVIE. It has a sense of rhythm, color and humanity and the editing is miraculous.” – John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

“**** A CAN’T-LOOK-AWAY DOCUMENTARY.” - Joe Neumaier, NY Dailly News

“Alarming and chilling, with spine-tingling archival footage.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times


“All I can tell you is that you should absolutely see this movie.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

"EXTRAORDINARILY POWERFUL. Watch the film. Watch it again.” – Rebecca Abrahams, Huffington Post

“A hair-raising look at nuclear proliferation from the producers of An Inconvenient Truth”
Anthony Kaufman, Wall Street Journal

“Makes a swift, soberingly urgent case for the comprehensive elimination of nuclear weapons in a world that has gone from Cold War certainties to asymmetrical chaos”
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“Countdown works to a great degree as a suspense movie.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“AN ISPIRING ARGUMENT. This call to action needs to be heard.” – Anna Bean, Bust
“A thoughtful exploration into lingering dangers of nuclear disaster. – Dave Germain, AP

“A nuclear wake-up call about the real threats we face and the urgent need for action”
Joe Cirincione, The Huffington Post

An excellent, impressive documentary. Consider “Countdown to Zero” the needed catalyst to your thinking. Chock full of enough explosions to keep 20-year-old fans of summer blockbusters gleefully entertained.” – Harvey Karsten, Compuserve

Date for DVD release subject to change.