Command and Control (2016)


Command and Control is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Robert Kenner and based on the 2013 non-fiction book of the same name by Eric Schlosser.

It was released initially in the United States at the Tribeca Film Festival and then in the United Kingdom at the Sheffield Doc/Fest on 11 June 2016.

It is based on the 1980 Damascus Titan missile explosion in Damascus, Arkansas between 18-19 September 1980.

The film aired on the PBS network series American Experience on 10 January 2017.


Documentary of 1980s near-nuclear ground explosion of a Titan II missile in Damascus, Arkansas in Silo 374-7, based on Eric Shlosser’s award-winning book of the same title.

A riveting minute by minute account of the accident started by the failure to follow written maintenance procedures.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Robert Kenner.
  • Producer(s): Robert Kenner, Taki Oldham, Brian Pearle, Melissa Robledo, Mark Samels, and Eric Schlosser.
  • Writer(s): Robert Kenner (screenplay), Brian Pearle (story), Kim Roberts (story), Eric Schlosser (book and screenplay).
  • Music: Mark Adler.
  • Cinematography: Paul Goldsmith and Jay Redmond.
  • Editor(s): Kim Roberts.
  • Production: Periscope Film and Sim.
  • Release Date: 17 April 2016 (Tribeca Film Festival).
  • Running Time: 75 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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