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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Fifth of seven films that Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster made together. See more »


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 »


Senator Raymond Clark: All you've got to know is this: right now the government of the United States is sitting on top of the Washington Monument, right on the very point, tilting right and left and ready to fall off and break up on the pavement. There are just a handful of men that can prevent it. And you're one of them.
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Can it really happen? Is it about to happen?
18 May 2002 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

John Frankenheimer directs this powerful political thriller about a conspiracy by top military brass to overthrow the government. A marvelous cast in a powerful, pulse pounding drama. Kirk Douglas is a Marine Colonel that suspects the Joint Chief of Staff Chairman(Burt Lancaster)of plotting a disguised military coup that would destroy the President's nuclear disarmament treaty. Veteran actor Fredric March is outstanding as the President.

The very talented supporting cast includes: the beautiful Ava Gardner, Martin Balsam, Andrew Duggan and Edmond O'Brien. John Houseman makes his debut in this Rod Serling screenplay. This one is a heavyweight. Paranoia prevails. The Russians are always suspect; but who would think of your own military turning inside out?

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