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One of the best political thrillers of the 20th Century, directed by John Frakenheimer, who also directed "The Manchurian Candidate." This one ranks up there with Lumet's "Fail Safe" and Kubirck's "Dr. Strangelove" in my book.
This is a cold war classic. It's fun to observe what was considered extreme high-tech for 1964. David (Kirk Douglas) is in over his head vs. Goliath (Burt Lancaster) until he begins to unravel things.
An interesting political/conspiracy thriller. The opening is a bit convoluted. Lots of different people, ranks, politicians and opinions to keep track of. Once that is sorted out, you are left with a solidly made, directed and acted film. The underlying themes regarding the nuclear age, military vs civilian authority, and political theory rise to the forefront in an understandable way. The back and forth between the conspirators and the legitimate government is wonderfully scripted out.
A taught and suspenseful film, featuring superior dialogue and acting by both the stars and the many character players of note. Among them, Kirk Douglas, Frederick March, and Edmond O'Brien are particular standouts, conveying a scenario of inner-governmental intrigue threatening the veracity of the United States Government and democracy itself that is no less frightening today as when it was filmed. An even more riveting viewing for anyone who appreciates drama that smacks of uncomfortably realistic material.
John Frankenhiemer directed Kirk Douglas , Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Frederick March, John Houseman's debut as an actor. Very good but a slow burn. Frankenhiemer's Cold War era political dramas are great.Rod Serling wrote the screen play. Great movie
The timing of this movie is chilling, considering it was prophetic.
Between 3 and 3.5 stars. A very good political intrigue, but a little naive in some aspects.
Great performance from Douglas and Lancaster in the head roles. The suspense builds up to a thrilling finale.
One of the greatest political thrillers of all time. Among my list of top 5 films.
Superb movie all round, both in front and behind the cameras