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Seven Days in May (1964)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | March 1964 (Austria)
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United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.



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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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An unpopular U.S. President manages to get a nuclear disarmament treaty through the Senate, but finds that the nation is turning against him. Jiggs Casey, a Marine Colonel, finds evidence that General Scott, the wildly popular head of the Joint Chiefs and certain Presidential Candidate in 2 years is not planning to wait. Casey goes to the president with the information and a web of intrigue begins with each side unsure of who can be trusted. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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


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Release Date:

March 1964 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Sieben Tage im Mai  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A liberal Democrat, Burt Lancaster was hesitant to take the role of Scott, as he felt the character and film unfairly vilified the conservative Republican party. Kirk Douglas persuaded him that the role of Scott was a morally ambiguous figure rather than a villain. See more »


Although the title places the action in May, one of the characters claims the next U.S. Presidential election is in "a year and nine months". However Presidential elections take place in November, so either the action takes place in February, or the character should say "a year and SIX months!. See more »


Senator Raymond Clark: Jordy Boy, right now, short of a Confederate miracle, you're going to be walking in a parade with both your legs cut off. But I'm not going to make matters worse by getting drunk on the job.
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a masterful thriller
20 October 2000 | by (brick nj) – See all my reviews

Seven Days in May is cold war movie making at its best. This film does not have a car chase, gun battles, or a President as villian. It does have great actors and is one of the finest translattion of a novel to screen. It is the first of the U.S. Militery as villian plot lines, since over used on both the screen and tv. A number of years ago a remake was done for cable-The Enemy within-and it did not work. In that the President is to be over-throw because he will sign a defense bill! The Russians are no longer the enemy and that's why it fails. In the first, made three years after the Cuban Missle Crisis, the fear of the Soviets is real and provides the ploters with a major cause against the President's program of disarmement. One of the best movies of the last fifty years.

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