Park Film - "Beneath The Plains"

Completed in 2018, the thirty-minute park film, "Beneath The Plains: The Minuteman Missile On Alert" provides a visitors with an introduction to the history of Minuteman Missile defense system and it's continued role as a nuclear deterrent. The film includes original and archival footage, recordings, interviews, animation, and images.
 
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Duration:
2 minutes, 58 seconds

This three minute trailer introduces the park film, "Beneath The Plains: The Minuteman Missile On Alert." The full thirty-minute film, viewed at the visitor center, provides a visitors with an introduction to the history of Minuteman Missile defense system and its continued role as a nuclear deterrent. This version of the trailer includes open caption subtitles.

 
A DVD case with cover image of a missile and two discs shown

"Beneath The Plains: The Minuteman Missile On Alert" is available for purchase as a two-disc DVD set through the park's bookstore. The film explores the Cold War story of the park with high-definition cinematography, vintage film and TV footage, a haunting original music score, and an immersive 5.1 surround-sound mix. This two-disc set also includes more than 75 minutes of bonus features:

  • Meet the Missileers, a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of the men and women stationed in launch control centers and missile silos across the Midwest who waited patiently for orders that, thankfully, never came.
  • The Big Buildup, a chronicle of key moments in the arms race between the US and the USSR—from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis and beyond.
  • Duck and Cover, a sampling of classic US and Sovietcivil defense films featuring advice on what to do in the event of a nuclear attack.
  • Extended interviews with former missileers and historians

Last updated: June 21, 2019

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