Missile (1988 film)

Missile is a 1988 American documentary film by Frederick Wiseman.[2] It chronicles the 14-week training course for the men and women of the United States Air Force who are charged with manning the ICBM silos in remote places like Minot AFB and Whiteman AFB. The film shows discussions of the ethics of nuclear war, shows scenes from the daily lives of trainees, and shows demonstrations of training exercises such as counterterrorism, the launching of nuclear missiles, the command and control process, and basic military training. Most scenes in the film are of classroom training, interspersed with exercises in training facilities. The film includes a scene of an Air Force church service memorial for the astronauts killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Directed byFrederick Wiseman
Distributed byPBS[1]
Release date
January 1988 (Sundance Film Festival)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryUnited States

In the typical cinema verite style of Wiseman's films, the documentary is unadorned by commentary, narration, or music.


  1. Goodman, Walter (1988-08-31). [http%3A%2F%2Flink.galegroup.com%2Fapps%2Fdoc%2FA175926184%2FOVIC%3Fu%3Dawcl_main%26sid%3DOVIC%26xid%3Db8c0f01d "Review/Television; Hands That Could Launch the Missiles"] Check |url= value (help). The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  2. Missile on IMDb
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