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May 21, 2017
John Frankenheimer is one of the best directors in history particularly when it comes to movies, both fiction and non-fiction related to politics. Frankeheimer's career started with the epic Manchurian Candidate and ended with Path to War a non-fictional account of LBJ's Administration and Vietnam. Lots of great classics in-between but none better than this. This might be the only single movie I find nearly flawless, from the acting, to the plot, to the realistic futuristic features, to the underlying story. This film is as close to perfection as movie's get and important in its message even today, more than 50 years later. A classic of epic proportions.
½ May 12, 2017
I never thought this movie would be relevant in 2017.
December 11, 2016
A very good movie marred by the superfluous scenes with Ava Gardner. Great cast, great story, and it a political thriller like this is food for thought.
½ October 22, 2016
The taut political thriller, directed by John Frankenheimer, brings together Frederick March, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner and producer Kirk Douglas, and speaks to us today as a fanatical general, fearful of a peace pact with the Soviets, attempts a political coup. Through sharp dialogue and expressive camera angles, the story unfolds as the President and his allies unravel the machinations of members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to defend of the American democratic process.
October 15, 2016
well done tight drama
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.
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