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Seven Days in May (1964)

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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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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 <>

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The astounding story of an astounding military plot to take over the United States! The time is 1970 or 1980 or, possibly, tomorrow! See more »


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Release Date:

12 February 1964 (USA)  »

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Sieben Tage im Mai  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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When Harold McPherson introduces Gen. Scott for his speech at the American Veterans Order convention in New York, he says that Scott is "the winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor and two Distinguished Service Crosses". However several closeups of the ribbons on Gen. Scott's blouse seen during the film do not support this statement. The highest decoration among his ribbons is for the DSC, not the Congressional Medal of Honor for which he is not wearing a ribbon at all. Scott's DSC ribbon also does not have a device attached to it to indicate a second award that Mr. McPherson said he had won. Scott's DSC, which is only awarded to members of the Army (including the Army Air Force), would have been won by him during WWII as opposed to the Korean War (he wears campaign ribbons indicating service in both conflicts) as it was no longer awarded to Air Force personnel after 1947 when the Air Force became a separate service. (The Navy and Marine Corps equivalent award is the Navy Cross and after 1947 the Air Force became the Air Force Cross.) See more »


President Jordan Lyman: All right, Colonel. Let's sum it up, shall we? You're suggesting what?
Colonel Martin "Jiggs" Casey: I'm not sure, Mr. President: just some possibilities, what we call, uh "capabilities" in military intelligence...
President Jordan Lyman: You got something against the English language, Colonel?
Colonel Martin "Jiggs" Casey: No, sir.
President Jordan Lyman: Then speak it plainly, if you will.
Colonel Martin "Jiggs" Casey: I'm suggesting, Mr. President, there's a military plot to take over the government. This may occur some time this coming Sunday.
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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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