Seven Days in May (1964) (MOD)

Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas star in this thriller about a Marine Corps colonel who accidentally discovers a plot to take over the government by a high-ranking general.

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Genre:   Drama, Thriller
Director:   John Frankenheimer
Writers:   Rod Serling
Cast:   Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Martin Balsam, George Macready, Whit Bissell, Hugh Marlowe
Theatrical Release Date:   02/12/1996
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Seven Days in May (1964) (MOD)
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Seven Days in May (1964) (MOD)
 
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5.0

CHILLING, PROPHETIC ATOMIC-NUCLEAR THRILLER

By SHADOWER

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      Comments about Seven Days in May (1964) (MOD):

      JOHN FRANKENHEIMER'S SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, TAUTLY ADAPTED BY ROD SERLING FROM THE FLETCHER KNEBEL-CHARLES BAILEY BESTSELLER, IS, EVEN TODAY, A CAUTIONARY PROPHETIC TALE OF THE PRECARIOUS RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PRESIDENCY AND THE MILITARY, DEFTLY SET AGAINST A NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION BACKGROUND. MILITARY CHIEF OF STAFF BURT LANCASTER PASSIONATELY OPPOSES PRESIDENT FREDRIC MARCH'S GROUND AND GLOBAL BREAKING NUCLEAR ARMS TREATY WITH THE SOVIET UNION. LANCASTER AIDE KIRK DOUGLAS SUSPECTS SOMETHING APOCALYPTIC IN THE WIND AND APPROACHES MARCH WITH WRITTEN EVIDENCE OF A SECRET MILITARY 'APPARAT' WITH A CLANDESTINE BASE IN THE TEXAN DESERT. SOMEWHAT CAUTIOUS, MARCH DEPLOYS KEY INSIDERS ON HAZARDOUS ASSIGNMENTS: AIDE MARTIN BALSAM IS TO JOURNEY TO GIBRALTAR TO OBTAIN A SIGNED STATEMENT FROM DUPLICITOUS ADMIRAL JOHN HOUSEMAN; SENATOR EDMOND O'BRIEN TO LOCATE THE BASE DURING THIS TIME, ENCOUNTERING FANATICAL COLONEL JOHN LARKIN AND SUSPECTED INVOLVEMENT OF REVERED COLONEL ANDREW DUGGAN; AND TO DOUGLAS, THE MISSION IS TO APPROACH SOCIALITE AVA GARDNER ON THE INSIDE SECRECY OF HER RELATIONSHIP WITH LANCASTER. MARCH ULTIMATELY SUSPECTS OF LANCASTER OF MOUNTING A MILITARY COUP AND HIS INTELLIGENCE FROM THESE SECTORS IS TO PROVIDE THE STARTLING YET UNTHINKABLE REALIZATTION OF A COUP D' ETAT. SENATOR WHIT BUSSELL AND COLONEL RICHARD ANDERSON PROVE TO BE INSIDERS SHADED WITH TREACHEROUS INCLINATIONS. ALL OF THIS DRAMATIC INTERPLAY OCCURS WITHIN SEVEN DAYS AND,INTRIGUINGLY, IS NOT FOCUSED ON A SPECIFIC ERA, UNLIKE THE DIRECTOR'S PREVIOUS THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962). THE FILM IS SUPERBLY ACTED ON ALL FRONTS, FROM LANCASTER, DOUGLAS, (ESPECIALLY) MARCH, GARDNER, O'BRIEN,BISSELL,ANDERSON AND ESPECIALLY GEORGE MACREADY AS A MARCH INSIDER WHO EVENTUALLY IS CONVINCED OF LANCASTER'S OBJECTIVE. HUGH MARLOWE IS ALSO QUITE EFFECTIVE AS A CONSULTANT, PRECARIOUSLY INCLINED TOWARDS THE LANCASTER CAMP. THE FILM IS A HAUNTING ORWELLIAN COMMENTARY.

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