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Seven Days in May
     

Seven Days in May

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Director: John Frankenheimer,

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March

 

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Adapted by Rod Serling from the best-selling novel by Fletcher Knebel and Charles Waldo Bailey II, Seven Days in May was allegedly inspired by the far-right ramblings of one General Edwin Walker. Burt Lancaster plays General James M. Scott, who, convinced that liberal President Jordan Lyman (Fredric March) is soft on America's enemies, plots a military takeover

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Adapted by Rod Serling from the best-selling novel by Fletcher Knebel and Charles Waldo Bailey II, Seven Days in May was allegedly inspired by the far-right ramblings of one General Edwin Walker. Burt Lancaster plays General James M. Scott, who, convinced that liberal President Jordan Lyman (Fredric March) is soft on America's enemies, plots a military takeover of the United States. Every effort made by President Lyman to find concrete evidence of General Scott's scheme is scuttled by political protocol, human error and accidental death. Ultimately, Lyman must rely upon the man who first uncovered the plot: Colonel "Jiggs" Casey (Kirk Douglas). John Frankenheimer's terse direction and Ellsworth Fredericks' stark black and white photography enhance the "docudrama" feel of Seven Days in May.

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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:
11/22/2016
UPC:
0888574454029
Original Release:
1964
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
2,278

Special Features

Commentary by director John Frankenheimer

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Seven Days in May
1. Credits.
2. White House Clash.
3. Blood Pressure...
4. Trigger-Happy...
5. Personal Business.
6. Ellie's Crutch.
7. Nobody's To Know.
8. Patriot's Speech.
9. Where/Buck Stops.
10. Nightmare...
11. Three-Day Pass.
12. Goings/Comings.
13. Broken Date.
14. ...Installation.
15. Hardesty's Sure...
16. Three Promises.
17. A Job Of Cleanup.
18. On Top...And Off.
19. Guest Of The Base.
20. Henderson...
21. Escape.
22. Without A Trace.
23. Bottom/Barrel.
24. The Enemy.
25. ...Showdown.
26. Sunday.
27. Special Delivery.
28. Judas.
29. Sterner Stuff.
30. Strength For Peace.

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Seven Days in May 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'SEVEN DAYS IN MAY' is a classic political thriller of the first order with a powerhouse cast of Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Frederic March, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, and Martin Balsam. At the height of the Cold War and with tensions with the Soviet Union at the razors edge, an unpopular American President is challenged by a traitorous military plot conceived by an Air Force four-star general to overthrow the federal government. Explosive. Outstanding. Don't miss it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great movie; right wing vs left wing and real Americans in the middle.  2013?