Seven Days in May

Seven Days in May

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Director: John Frankenheimer

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March

     
 

The classic political thriller Seven Days in May, directed by John Frankenheimer, is available in a widescreen DVD release from Warner Brothers. This black-and-white film delivers stark tonal contrasts while remaining relatively crisp. A bit of graininess exists, resulting in a "realistic" look, but this is due to the original cinematography and not to theSee more details below

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The classic political thriller Seven Days in May, directed by John Frankenheimer, is available in a widescreen DVD release from Warner Brothers. This black-and-white film delivers stark tonal contrasts while remaining relatively crisp. A bit of graininess exists, resulting in a "realistic" look, but this is due to the original cinematography and not to the transfer itself. Feature-length audio commentary by John Frankenheimer is included as a bonus feature. Other features include the original theatrical trailer, information on cast and crew, awards, and background information on the political forces behind the film. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital, albeit a monaural track. English and French subtitles are available as well.

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After his 1962 breakthrough with the political thriller The Manchurian Candidate, director John Frankenheimer cemented his reputation as a paranoia filmmaker with Seven Days in May. Though the assassination of John F. Kennedy happened around the time of the film's release, Seven Days remained ahead of its time, as the conspiracy-film genre wouldn't fully flourish until the 1970s. The determinedly realistic screenplay was written by Rod Serling, who was also responsible for the television series The Twilight Zone, as well as the scripts for Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) and Planet of the Apes (1968). Burt Lancaster made five films with Frankenheimer in the 1960s, and Seven Days added to his string of hits.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2000
UPC:
0085391524328
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:58:00

Special Features

Feature-length audio commentary by director John Frankenheimer; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Subtitles: English & Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Gen. James M. Scott
Kirk Douglas Col. Martin "Jiggs" Casey
Fredric March President Jordan Lyman
Ava Gardner Eleanor Holbrook
Edmond O'Brien Sen. Raymond Clark
Martin Balsam Paul Girard
George Macready Christopher Todd
Whit Bissell Sen. Prentice
Hugh Marlowe Harold McPherson
Bart Burns Arthur Corwin
Richard Anderson Col. Murdock
Jack Mullaney Lieutenant Hough
Andrew Duggan Col. "Mutt" Henderson
John Larkin Col. Broderick
Malcolm Atterbury White House Physician
Helen Kleeb Esther Townsend
John Houseman Adm. Barnswell
Colette Jackson Bar Girl
Rodolfo Hoyos Actor
Clegg Hoyt Actor
Fredd Wayne Actor
Victor Buono Bit

Technical Credits
John Frankenheimer Director
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Kirk Douglas Producer
Edward Lewis Producer
Ellsworth Fredericks Cinematographer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
David Grayson Makeup
Wes Jeffries Costumes/Costume Designer
Art Jones Makeup
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Rod Serling Screenwriter
Ferris Webster Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Constitutional Credits [2:12]
2. White House Clash [2:28]
3. Blood Pressure Vs. Sanity [4:59]
4. Trigger-happy Committee [4:00]
5. Personal Business [4:58]
6. Ellie's Crutch [5:26]
7. Nobody's to Know [6:56]
8. The Patriot's Speech [2:47]
9. Where the Buck Stops [9:51]
10. Nightmare Strategy [5:33]
11. Three-Day Pass [3:10]
12. Goings and Comings [4:17]
13. Broken Date [1:16]
14. Unseen Installation [4:02]
15. Hardesty's Sure Thing [2:27]
16. Three Promises [:01]
17. A Job of Cleanup [3:45]
18. On Top...and Off [6:18]
19. Guest of the Base [4:44]
20. Henderson Gets Briefed [3:55]
21. Escape [2:49]
22. Without a Trace [2:10]
23. Bottom of the Barrel [1:41]
24. The Enemy [2:51]
25. Oval Office Showdown [3:22]
26. Sunday [11:26]
27. Special Delivery [1:19]
28. Judas [1:54]
29. Sterner Stuff [1:06]
30. Strength for Peace [3:09]

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