Seven Days in May (1964)


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In 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.

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Rod Serling
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 16, 2000


as Gen. James M. Scott

as Col. Martin 'Jiggs' ...

as President Jordan Lym...

as Eleanor Holbrook

as Sen. Raymond Clark

as Paul Girard

as Christopher Todd

as Sen. Prentice

as Col. 'Mutt' Henderso...

as Adm. Barnswell

as Harold McPherson

as Arthur Corwin

as Col. Murdock

as Lt. Hough

as Col. Broderick

as White House Physicia...

as Esther Townsend

as Capt. Ortega

as Henry Whitney
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Critic Reviews for Seven Days in May

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

A strikingly dramatic, realistic and provocatively topical film.

Full Review… | August 13, 2007
Top Critic

John Frankenheimer directed, too much in love with technique, though he ably taps the neuroticism of Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Fredric March.

Full Review… | August 13, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Highly enjoyable.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Frankenheimer's gripping political tale of conspiracy benefits from taut direction, good acting by an all-star cast, and excellent technical values, especially cinematography.

Full Review… | May 13, 2012

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.

Full Review… | December 20, 2010
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Audience Reviews for Seven Days in May


Seven Days in May (1964)

A very interesting movie directed by John Frankenheimer about a plot to take-over of the US government. This movie is well-written by Rod Serling and has a great cast.

President Jordan Lyman (Fredric March) isn't doing very good in the poles. His nuclear disarmament treaty with the Soviets right in the middle of the cold war isn't going over very well here at home, especially with General James Scott (Burt Lancaster) and many of the joint chiefs of staff. General Scott is also a popular presidential candidate, but he feels the importance of taking charge before the Soviets go to war with us.

His colleague, Marine Colonel Martin 'Jiggs' Casey (Kirk Douglas) is finding out information that points to General Scott plotting a military take-over of the government. Despite his loyalty towards his general, he goes to the President to tell him of this possible plot.

My favorite part in the movie is where President Lyman and General Scott argue over the importance of democracy versus the military imperative, and the need to let the people truly decide their fate.

Rick Rudge

Kirk Douglas does a terrific job in his one cinematic chance to have a larger role than Lancaster. No 2nd act.

Scott Corley

I wish they hadn't had the protest scene at the very beginning of the seems really kitchy...the rest of the movie is not to be missed.

Elizabeth Critz

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