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½ August 23, 2016
Good Cold War thriller from the mid-60's. Different from other Cold War thrillers. In this one several military men led by a general (Burt Lancaster) are planning a coup to overthrow the the President (Fredric March) who's a signed a peace treaty with the Soviet Union. A colonel (Kirk Douglas) who works for the general begins to realize something is not right. It was directed John Frankenheimer and the screenplay was written by Rod Serling (of Twlilight Zone fame). The acting, directing, and the script are really good. It has nice black and white cinematography. A little dated, but still worthwhile.
½ August 20, 2016
Pretty good classic film with a very good cast, exploring the idea of a military coup in the USA.
February 22, 2016
An engrossing, quick-paced thriller with an all-star cast. Powerful performances from Lancaster, Douglas and March. What incredible screen presence they have!
February 21, 2016
One of my favorite moves. Outstanding cast.
December 30, 2015
It's basically Dr. Strangelove if it was a drama. And a very fine drama it is. A Col. discovers a plot to overthrow the government by a 4 star general. The bulk of the film is the gathering of evidence against the general and they have less than a week to pull it off. Meanwhile the USSR do what they do best.
While this film is basically a bunch of people talking for 2 hours, the tension is real and kept firm throughout. The resolution is quite clever and somewhat surprising.
Stellar performances by all, but the real star is the writing.

Check it out.
½ September 16, 2015
Sadly appropriate for our own day and time. Every character in this 1964 classic has a modern day analog.
August 12, 2015
Powerful Cold War drama.

It is the height of the Cold War and the US President, Jordan Lyman (played by Fredric March) has negotiated a nuclear arms limitation treaty with the Russians. The military and some politicians are not happy with this, figuring the Russians will renege on the deal, leaving the US vulnerable.

Foremost among the opponents of the treaty is General James Scott (played by Burt Lancaster), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. On his staff is a Marine Colonel, "Jiggs" Casey (played by Kirk Douglas), who starts to suspect that the General may be planning a coup...

Intriguing, entertaining drama. Mostly plausible, though there is some looseness in the plot. In addition, it demonstrates well the link between politics and the military, and who, in a democratic society, takes orders from whom.

Solid performances all round. Edmond O'Brien was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing the drunken-but-resourceful Senator Clark.
May 4, 2015
One of my favorite films. If you like a good conspiracy/suspense movie, this is one of the best you'll see. Realistic to a scary degree, especially considering it came out just after the Kennedy assassination.
April 11, 2015
As political conspiracy's go, this is a wordy, but intense watch with plenty of tension throughout.
½ March 5, 2015
One of two great political thrillers of the 1960s - The Manchurian Candidate was the other - directed by John Frankenheimer. An unpopular President, played by Frederic March, signs a controversial nuclear disarmament treaty with the Soviets. Burt Lancaster plays General James Mattoon Scott, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who opposes the treaty and plots a coup against the government timed to coincide with the Preakness Stakes. Kirk Douglas plays the General's aide who is torn between his duty to his superior officer and to the Constitution.

This film is interesting on so many levels. Not only does it include so many good performances: it is one of the most Academy Award filled casts ever -- March, Lancaster, Douglas, Ava Gardner, Martin Balsam, Edmund O'Brien, and John Houseman. Great performances by all in this film, but mostly by Burt Lancaster and Fredric March who toward the end of the movie have a great scene with excellent dialog that sum up the true essence of the story. But, what is most interesting is that the film was made when it was; being released three months after the assassination of President Kennedy. Because it brings up the issue of whether a political coup can happen here or not. Also, the screenplay was written by Rod Serling, of Twilight Zone fame.

Little known is that a darker alternate ending was developed for this film involving General Scott being killed in a car wreck, leaving the question: was it an accident or suicide? Coming up out of the wreckage over the car radio is President Lyman's speech about the sanctity of the Constitution.
½ March 1, 2015
As a political thriller this movie has it all.Great cast,directing and script.
½ February 26, 2015
Reeking of machismo and psycopathy, General Scott (played by Burt Lancaster), heads a military coup attempt against the United States president, (played Fredric March.) When Douglas' character (Col. Casey) begins to piece together a plot, he reports it directly to the President. A sort of cat and mouse game results, with the President and his men attempting to find evidence of conspiracy, a secret military base, possible murder.

This film is entertaining but entirely unrealistic. It completely ignores reality when it comes to containing a conspiracy theory, funneling government funds to build and operate a secret military post, and using troops without their knowledge. It also Hollywood-izes politics, with the President seeking solid evidence against General Scott, for fear of not being believed. In reality, just the notion of scandal would have sent the press into a feeding frenzy, evidence be damned. Of course, this is explained away by the President desiring to protect the nation from the reality of an attempted coup. In short, this film relies on the sort of ideals and non-reality that Hollywood loved during that era. It's worth a watch though. Lancaster, in particular, does an excellent job in the film - creating a character who is incredibly hate-worthy.
½ January 16, 2015
One of the best political thrillers ever made. Top-Notch directing, acting, set design, photogrsphy...everything. And, it's a scary now, as it was in 1964.
July 25, 2014
A very good, thought-provoking film that is more related and relevant to our times than we would like.
July 2, 2014
Although it's not my favourite Frankenheimer film, it's still a masterpiece for what it is.
June 27, 2014
The screenwriter proves again that he was an authentic visionary way ahead of his time, as in all his works. Fantastic movie!
September 2, 2013
Great Cold War movie about an uncovered military plot to over throw the US President for not being tough enough on the Russians.
½ July 26, 2013
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.
½ December 30, 2012
Amazing. Taut. Suspenseful. Excellent script and direction. Good performances.
December 17, 2012
Oh Rod Serling you brilliant bastard
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