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"Few people know of Stanislav Petrov… yet hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him."

The Man Who Saved the World (Starring: Walter Cronkite, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and Kevin Costner) tells the gripping true story of Stanislav Petrov - a man who single-handedly averted a fullscale NUCLEAR WORLD WAR, but now struggles to get his life back on track… before it is too late.

An epic and grand Cold War thriller that sends shivers down your spine and shows us just how close we came to Apocalypse … and it’s not over yet! With a NEW COLD WAR rising and thousands of nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert, we still live under the same catastrophic danger that Stanislav faced back then.


(b. Sept. 9, 1939) was born in Odessa, Ukraine. With a skyrocketing military career bringing him to almost every corner of the former Soviet Union, Petrov ended up as lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defense Forces at age 43. On Sept. 26, 1983, Petrov was the duty officer at the command center for the Oko nuclear early-warning system when the system reported five nuclear missiles being launched from the United States Petrov judged the report to be a false alarm, and his decision is credited with having prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its NATO allies that could have resulted in large- scale nuclear war. Investigation later confirmed that the satellite warning system had indeed malfunctioned. In Jan. 2006, Petrov traveled to the United States, where he was honored with a special World Citizen Award at the United Nations in New York City, “in recognition of the part he played in averting a catastrophe." For Petrov’s actions in averting a nuclear war, he was also awarded the Dresden Prize on Feb. 17, 2013, in Dresden, Germany. The award included $32,000. On Feb. 24, 2012, he was honored with the 2011 German Media Award, presented to him at a ceremony in Baden-Baden. Today, Petrov is a retired widower living by himself in a two-bedroom apartment in a Moscow suburb.

Kevin Costner

(b. Jan. 18, 1955) is an American actor, singer, musician, producer, and director. He has won two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, one Emmy Award, and has been nominated for three BAFTA Awards. Costner’s appearance in The Man Who Saved the World closed a circle that he himself had instigated. While researching for his role in the 1987 film No Way Out, he came across Petrov’s story on an episode of NBC’s Dateline. This was around the time he was shooting Thirteen Days, a film based on the Cuban missile crisis, which brought the U.S. to the brink of war in an earlier doomsday scenario. Costner was so amazed to be hearing for the first time about someone whose actions likely prevented World War III, he felt compelled to write to Petrov and thank him for his actions. When filmmakers reached out to Costner about meeting with Petrov, the award-winning director was eager to meet, in his words, “the man who saved the world.” During the meeting, Costner was able to express his gratitude to Petrov for his brave decision made at a critical time in the world’s history.


(b. July 26 1971) finished his studies at the Moscow Academic Musical Theatre of Stanislavskiy and Nemirovich-Danchenko in 1993 and was accepted to the company of Moscow Art Theatre, where he acted in more than twenty plays. Shnyryov has been involved in forty film and television projects including: Woman in the wind (France), Summer of Love (Poland), Magic Portrait (China), Unspoken (USA). Shnyryov was nominated for Best Actor for his part in the narrative feature Worm. When Shnyryov was presented with the opportunity to play Petrov in The Man Who Saved the World, he was struck by Petrov’s incredible story.


(b. Jan. 12 1969) is a Russian theater and movie actress who has starred in more than thirty movies including The Return by Andrey Zvyagintsev, which was awarded a Golden Lion and Best First Film at the 2003 Venice Film Festival. Beside her works within the film industry, Vdovina has been working with outstanding theatre directors and has played Shakespearean roles such as Juliet, Ophelia, Cordelia, Lady Anna and Queen Margaret. She has also played major roles in Crommelynckas by Ibsen, and Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters by Chekhov, staged by film director Andrey Konchalovskiy. She has been the recipient of several prestigious theater awards. Speaking of her career, Vdovina says, “...all of this might not have happened if it hadn’t been for Stanislav Petrov, who prevented a massive nuclear war... A nuclear disaster which could still happen today!”

Walter Cronkite

(b. Nov. 4, 1916 – d. July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as the anchor of the CBS Evening News. During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as "the most trusted man in America," after being so named in an opinion poll. He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including bombings in World War II; the Nuremberg trials; combat in the Vietnam War; Watergate; the Iran Hostage Crisis; and the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon. He was also known for his extensive coverage of the U.S. space program, from Project Mercury to the moon landings to the Space Shuttle. He was the only non-NASA recipient of a moon-rock award. Cronkite was well known for his departing catchphrase "And that's the way it is." Toward the end of his life, Cronkite became a passionate advocate for peace, and in 2006, he had the chance to meet Stanislav Petrov in New York City.

Peter Anthony

(b. May 19, 1971) is a Danish director, screenwriter, set designer, architect and graphic designer. Graduating from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (1999) with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1996), Anthony first started his professional work within architecture, art direction and graphic design. After graduation, Anthony worked as an architect and art director with several prestigious assignments for, among other things, GL STRAND (Denmark). Later, Anthony, also a skilled painter, was drawn to direction and the art of storytelling. Getting more and more involved in theater, documentary filmmaking and feature short films, Anthony has worked both as a producer, director and screenwriter. In 2001, he used his talents as a set designer on Denmark’s Radio’s interactive flagship program, ROFL, which won an Emmy. In 2002, Anthony was admitted into Super 16, a film school located at Nordisk Film (Denmark), housing the nation's most promising young talents. Anthony now has more than twelve years of experience working on various national and international film productions. He also produced the music video for Danish rapper LOC, which was a Grammy® nominee for Best Music Video. In addition, Anthony has worked on short films as a director producer: Fat Boy and Candela, which had its world premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. He worked as a director on the international feature-length films Utzon Returns and War & Love. The Man Who Saved the World is Anthony's international debut as a feature-length film director. In the hybrid drama, mixing nonfiction with narrative fiction, telling the epic Cold War thriller of Stanislav Petrov that will send shivers down your spine, Anthony has been fortunate to be able to draw on his diverse skillset within the different aspects of the arts. In addition to serving as the film’s director, Anthony also contributed as a scriptwriter, co-editor, set design consultant and graphic designer. Anthony’s inspiration emanated from a fascination with Petrov’s unique story, driving Anthony to create a spectacular and epic piece about a crucial time of history. The Man Who Saved the World has already been selected for several film festivals, including:
  • HotDocs Toronto
  • Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (nominated for the Nordic:Dox Award for Best Feature Documentary and the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary)
  • Woodstock Film Festival (nominated for Best Narrative Feature, and winner of both Honorable Mention: Audience Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature and Honorable Mention: James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Narrative Feature)
  • Starz Denver Film Festival (nominated for Best Narrative Feature: Audience Award)

Jakob Staberg

(b. March 19 1974) is a Danish producer. After working as a host on a radio show, he began studying journalism. In 2007 Staberg established Statement Film ApS and begun the production of The Man Who Saved the World, .