Seven Days in May (1964)
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Movie InfoIn this film, General James M. Scott, convinced that liberal President Jordan Lyman 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.
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Critic Reviews for Seven Days in May
John Frankenheimer directed, too much in love with technique, though he ably taps the neuroticism of Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Fredric March.
As dismal as is the complication that they and this picture present, the acknowledgment of its possibility and the discovery of how it might be resolved, with wisdom and fundamental courage, make this a brave and forceful film.
Frankenheimer's gripping political tale of conspiracy benefits from taut direction, good acting by an all-star cast, and excellent technical values, especially cinematography.
It's a good, engaging movie - great-looking, too, with top-notch photography and production design - but it tends to fall apart when you start kicking the tires and peek under the hood.
Frankenheimer's Washington, D.C., less baroque than in The Manchurian Candidate but just as hazardous
Shot in stark black and white, it shows the military not as the usual buffoons, but as ruthless right-wingers with a political agenda.
Based upon a potboiling bestseller novel, Frankenheimer brings an artistic sense to the film, but he can only take it so far.
Director John Frankenheimer's 1960s political thriller still crackles and pops.
Lancaster is unparalleled in a rare bad guy role, helped amiably by a solid supporting staff. One of Frankenheimer's best works.
A very good, thought-provoking film that is more related to our times than we would like.
...everything a good, taut, riveting conspiracy movie should be.
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