Rocket Attack U. S. A.

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"From Another Continent ... Destruction!!! Panic!! ... before the Rocket Strikes!"
  • NR
  • 1961
  • 1 hr 4 min
  • 1.7  (1,129)

Rocket Attack U.S.A is a Cold War-inspired thriller from 1960 that showcases the fear of the American public in the late '50s and early '60s - the fear of a Soviet nuclear attack on the United States. Directed by Barry Mahon, the movie features an all-star cast that includes Monica Davis, John McKay, and Phillip St. George. The film opens with a news report of a missile being launched from an unknown country that is headed towards the United States. The government officials at the Pentagon are quickly alerted, and they scramble to gather more information to ascertain where the missile is coming from, and how to intercept it before it reaches the US mainland.

The United States assigns their best agent, John Manston (John McKay), to handle the situation. Manston is an experienced agent who has handled many cases before and is known for his bravery and sharp wit. The movie follows Manston as he travels around Europe to gather intelligence about the missile's launch and its trajectory. Eventually, Manston discovers that the missile is coming from the Soviet Union, and it's headed straight towards Washington D.C.

Back in Washington D.C., the US government decides to launch a counter-attack against the Soviet Union. They launch several missiles from different locations across the US, hoping to destroy the missile before it reaches its target. However, the Soviet missile dodges the U.S. missiles, and it eventually lands in New York City.

The movie's climax takes place in New York City, where the Soviet missile lands. Everyone in the city is in a state of panic, and there is chaos everywhere. John Manston, who is now in New York City, is trying to find a way to disarm the Soviet missile before it explodes. He meets a scientist, Dr. Roberts (Phillip St. George), who had worked on the missile technology and who knows how to disarm the missile.

Together, Manston and Dr. Roberts work to disarm the missile, and they eventually succeed, just moments before it was set to explode. In the end, Manston is hailed as a hero, and the United States is saved from what could have been a devastating attack by the Soviet Union.

Rocket Attack U.S.A is a typical Cold War thriller that capitalizes on the fear and paranoia of the American public during that period. The movie portrays the Soviet Union as an evil empire that is willing to destroy America at any cost. Additionally, the film highlights the tension of the era and the fragile nature of the relationship between the two superpowers.

The film's acting is relatively stiff, and the special effects are not very convincing, but the movie's message and plot still hold up even after more than sixty years. The movie is a reminder of how close the US and Soviet Union came to a nuclear war during the Cold War period and how nuclear weapons were a constant threat to global security.

Overall, Rocket Attack U.S.A is a snapshot of a specific time in American history that is worth watching for movie buffs and history enthusiasts interested in the Cold War period. It may not be a cinematic masterpiece, but it serves as a reminder of how perilous the Cold War era was and how lucky we are that we didn't go down the path of nuclear disaster.

Rocket Attack U. S. A. is a 1961 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 4 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 1.7.

Rocket Attack U. S. A.
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    1 hr 4 min
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    1.7  (1,129)