The Man Who Saved the World tells the amazing story of Lt. Colonel Stanislav E. Petrov, formerly of the Soviet Army. A man who held the fate of the world in his hands for a few crucial minutes in history on the night of September 26, 1983.
When an alarm went off saying that five American Nuclear missiles had been launched against Russia, he followed his gut-feeling and went against orders by not confirming the threat - hereby saving the world from a nuclear holocaust.
23 years later this forgotten hero goes on a spectacular journey to the United States, where he is finally acknowledged for his historical deed and meets the Americans who were once his enemies - among them: Walter Cronkite, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, David Hoffmann, Kevin Sanders and Kevin Costner.