Seven Days in May (1964)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  12 February 1964 (USA)
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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 3 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 <>

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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)  »

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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The film cast includes five Oscar winners: Burt Lancaster, Edmond O'Brien, Martin Balsam, Fredric March and John Houseman; and three Oscar nominees: Ava Gardner, Kirk Douglas and Ferris Webster. See more »


Paul Gerard arrives at the aircraft carrier and is greeted by sailors in "winter blue" uniforms, but when he leaves that evening everyone is wearing "summer whites". See more »


Colonel William "Mutt" Henderson: We seem to spend more time training for seizure than for prevention, like the Commies already had the stuff, and we had to get it back.
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Referenced in Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001) See more »

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This film will give you the chills!
26 January 2002 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

Although it may seem dated because of its' subject matter (it takes place during the "Cold War"), the underlying content of political back-stabbing is still relevant. In this star-studded cast, Frederic March gives an outstanding performance as "President Jordan Lyman". He shows how a great leader handles the toughest of situations. This is a powerful film with some very tense moments. It is also an excellent example of directing that makes the most of camera angles and lighting to enhance the drama. Clean transfer to DVD.

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