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½ July 1, 2017
A worthy thriller/drama where the cast is A list and the script is close behind.
April 3, 2017
Marred by dialogue-heavy scenes and an endurance test of duration. Like Taking of Pelham 123, I feel I will gain more from repeated viewings. Charles Durning is perfect as the sacrificial lamb in a corrupt world. It's all very good. But for the aforementioned, it could have received warmer reviews by first-time viewers, (like me).
As a second-time viewer, I feel exactly the same. Could easily lose half an hour of chat and a much cleverer designed bomb coming out of a chopper.
½ November 26, 2016
With elements from The Rock (20 years later) and Dog Day Afternoon (about a year or two prior), Twilight's Last Gleaming gave a convincingly good movie about a terrorist who takes control of a Nuclear weapon's silo (like The Rock did at Alcatraz) and demands political revelations in exchange for thousands of lives. The enemy, a disgruntled former army sergeant (again, Ed Harris in The Rock should ring a bell), uses prior knowledge to infiltrate the silo and ask for the puppet president's voice to make scandalous political inquiries that will have a major impact on the political landscape. We learn how expendable the US President is. Somewhat slow at times, but for a 1976 film, it was a decent enough movie.
November 15, 2013
After Robert McNamara's revelations in 'Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam', you wonder just how far from fiction this movie really was!
July 5, 2013
A "progressive", pre-Reaganite (and post-JFK--triangulation of fire!), post-Vietnam, nuclear, alchemy of revolution fantasy-thriller, that wants both to disbelieve and believe in the American political and military leadership, and in American democracy. Featuring good use of the split screen.
January 7, 2013
Quite possibly the last great film made by the always underated Robert Aldrich.
The film has been in limbo for nigh on 30 years ,but thanks to a Bavarian film company this lost film had finally surfaced on region1 DVD.
Burt Lancaster plays Lawrence Dell a disgraced army general who seizes control of a nuclear weapons silo based in Montana,Dells demands are simple Money for his two acomplices ,the disclosure of hidden documents on the Vietnam war and lastly the President of the United States as a hostage.

Charles Durning plays President Stevens who is placed in a tricky situation by the demands and calls on his inner sanctum to come up with ideas .

The film is outstanding due to the fact the cast is great in every shape and form ,Lancaster is good as the disgruntled Dell and Durning really gets his teeth into the role of President and his cabinet contains some acting greats too including Melvyn Douglas as the defense sec Guthrie,Richard Widmark as the ruthless General Mackenzie and a brilliant turn from Gerals S O'Loughlin as Durnings long term friend and advisor who play out a fantastic two handed scene after the President realises he will have to give in to Dells demands.

Aldrich directs in his usual sharp manner and the film contains one of the best uses of split screen during a thrilling threatened nucclear missle launch.
The film is also very forward in its approach to American foreign policy at the time with the War in Vietnam very much seen as a wasted war in terms of lives at a time when the country wasstill struggling with the effects of that war.

The film deserves its rediscovery and i rate it as one of the directors best works and one which maybe now will be seen as a grade A thriller
May 8, 2012
TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING (1977) is a fascinating and cynical film. Inventive in its use of split-screens and quadrant-screens, it's also one of the best films about post-Viet Nam American political malaise
April 7, 2012
A nice surprise

Twilight's Last Gleaming starts out like a conventional nuclear terroist drama movie to evolve inte something bigger.

The first half is stiff terror drama with out of place but still so good Burt Lancaster and always enjoyable Richard Widmark shouting at each other over the telephone.

The second half is more philosofical eventhough the drama stills plays out. Deep discussions about the US actions after the world war II and what the Vietnam war was really all about.

This movie also makes use of the split screen effect in a amount I've never seen in any 70īs movie, although this was a very popular effect in those days. Great stuff!
December 27, 2011
In terms of philosophy and political relevance, it is amazing that this film isn't more widely circulated. A harrowing exercise in the realm of national security and the rise of the Defense Department as an entity above even the Federal Government, this film does well to capture the impersonality of the commander-in-chief's relationship with leadership and the seeming inability of administrations to truly dispense with the sins of the one before it. Lancaster is compelling as the patriot leading convicts, delivering poised rhetoric that does well to expose the utter immorality of the President's cabinet. Episodes such as the President being completely misled by bad information from an Air Force general motivated by a personal grudge keep the intensity level high. A lack of character development amongst the convicts and hostages in the silo, along with aesthetics and cinematography that have not dated gracefully, keep this one from scoring higher.
½ June 25, 2009
October 9, 2008
A great thriller with terrific use of split screen. Very 70's, but that's a good thing.
½ August 10, 2008
Un film etrange, totalement deroutant, et une recherche invraisemblable sur la disjonction de la parole par le split-screen.
July 20, 2008
good luck finding this movie, a great indie movie
Super Reviewer
½ June 8, 2008
a bit cheesy but nonetheless has plenty of suspense..strong performances by Lancaster and cast hold your interest right up til lthe very end...a taut thriller..lots of mostly intelligent dialogue that wil ldraw you in....
February 15, 2008
This is an overlooked little thriller that I haven't seen in years. Don't think its ever come out on video (certainly not DVD). I saw it on tv a couple of times, usually the second half or so.
February 4, 2008
Imagine if The Rock had tension and a script instead of slow motion and Nicholas Cage.
½ June 30, 2007
Renegade USAF General takes over a missile silo and threatens a launch if certain government documents aren't released
June 12, 2007
An underrated nail-biter that had me going from start to finish. A great cast fills out this terrific movie's subplots- one of Robert Aldrich's finest films (especially from his later period)
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