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The Man Who Saved the World

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Denmark, Latvia, Russia
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2014

2h 0m

Director Peter Anthony
Starring Stanislav Petrov, Kevin Costner, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro

Genre Documentary, History, War

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The Man Who Saved the World is feature documentary film about Stanislav Petrov, a former lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces.

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The New York Times by Daniel M. Gold

I was just at the right place at the right time,” Mr. Petrov says, a simple truth that becomes shocking when considering the alternative. For that alone, this account of a Cold War near miss deserves a wide audience.
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Village Voice by Ernest Hardy

The emotional and narrative core of the story is how much tragedy swirls through Petrov's personal life — from his parents pushing him into the military at the age of seventeen to his marriage to the unraveling of his circumstances after his heroic decision. It is heart-wrenching stuff that you might wish the filmmakers had trusted more.
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The Guardian by Leslie Felperin

Sergey Shnyryov is superb as Petrov’s fictional counterpart, and the present and the past are smoothly sutured together by deft editing and an insistently mournful string score, although it’s sometimes a bit repetitive.