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Seven Days in May (1964)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: May 16, 2000

Budget $2,200,000

Running Time
1 hour, 58 minutes

Country USA

Studio Joe Productions, Paramount, Seven Arts

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Other Titles
• Seven Days in May
• Sieben Tage im Mai (1964)



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Genre: Thriller, Drama, Suspense, Political, Military, Spy, Escape, Mental Illness

Tagline: "I'm suggesting Mr President, there's a military plot to take over the Government of these United States, next Sunday..."

Plot: Burt Lancaster stars as General James Scott in Frankenheimer's film of Rod Serling's adaptation of Fletcher Knebel and Charles Waldo Bailey's bestselling novel set in the early 1960s. Like much of the American public, Gen. Scott, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff is unhappy with a nuclear arms pact with the Soviet Union recently signed by President Jordan Lyman (Fredric March). But the extent of Scott's displeasure is not fully understood until his aide, Col. Martin "Jiggs" Casey (Kirk Douglas), finds some messages suggesting that the general and the Joint Chiefs have been planning a military takeover of the government at a top-secret air base in Texas. The plan is scheduled to go into effect in seven days, while the president is in sequestration during a military drill. Duly informed, the President sends Senator Raymond Clark (Edmond O'Brien), to investigate the base, and the Senator is held there against his will. In Gibraltar, presidential aide Paul Girard (Martin Balsam) obtains evidence of the coup from Admiral Paul Barnswell (John Houseman), but after the aide is killed in the crash of his return flight, the admiral denies any knowledge of an imminent military takeover. Although dialogue-heavy for a thriller, it remains an effective slice of cold war paranoia,

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 Directed by
John Frankenheimer
Ronin, The Manchurian Candidate, Reindeer Games
 Written by
Fletcher Knebel
The Enemy Within
Charles W. Bailey II
The Enemy Within
 Cast
Burt Lancaster
Field of Dreams, From Here to Eternity, Local Hero
Kirk Douglas
Spartacus, Paths of Glory, Out of the Past
Ava Gardner
Earthquake, On the Beach, The Killers
Fredric March
The Best Years of Our Lives, Inherit the Wind, The Desperate Hours
Edmond O'Brien
The Wild Bunch, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, White Heat
Martin Balsam
Psycho, 12 Angry Men, Cape Fear
Andrew Duggan
In Like Flint, It's Alive!, A Return to Salem's Lot
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 Music By
Jerry Goldsmith
L.A. Confidential, Alien, The Mummy



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