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Seven Days in May -- Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas star in this thriller about a Marine Corps colonel who accidentally discovers a plot to take over the government by a high-ranking general.
Seven Days in May -- US 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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Release Date:
12 February 1964 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
"I'm suggesting Mr President, there's a military plot to take over the Government of these United States, next Sunday..." See more »
Plot:
United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
a masterful thriller See more (89 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Gen. James Mattoon Scott

Kirk Douglas ... Col. Martin 'Jiggs' Casey

Fredric March ... President Jordan Lyman

Ava Gardner ... Eleanor Holbrook

Edmond O'Brien ... Sen. Raymond Clark

Martin Balsam ... Paul Girard

Andrew Duggan ... Col. William 'Mutt' Henderson

Hugh Marlowe ... Harold McPherson

Whit Bissell ... Sen. Frederick Prentice
Helen Kleeb ... Esther Townsend

George Macready ... Christopher Todd

Richard Anderson ... Col. Murdock
Bart Burns ... Secret Service White House Chief Art Corwin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Malcolm Atterbury ... Horace - White House Physician (uncredited)

Bill Baldwin ... Airline Announcer / Presidential News Conference Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Frederick Brown ... Guard at Office of Joint Cheif of Staff (uncredited)
Robert Brubaker ... Gen. Diefenbach (uncredited)
William Challee ... Gen. Riley (uncredited)
Thom Conroy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mimi Dillard ... Mother at Dulles Airport (uncredited)
Kevin Gregor ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tom Harris ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Minor Role (uncredited)

John Houseman ... Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell (uncredited)
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Capt. Ortega (uncredited)
Colette Jackson ... Bar Girl (uncredited)
Jim Jacobs ... Helicopter Commando (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Senate Commitee Man (uncredited)
John Larkin ... Col. Broderick (uncredited)

Michael Masters ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tyler McVey ... Gen. Hardesty (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Senate Committee Member (uncredited)
Jack Mullaney ... Lt. (j.g.) Dorsey Grayson (uncredited)
Joyce Nizzari ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bill Raisch ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Irvin Richardson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joe Walls ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Watts ... Stewart Dillard (uncredited)
Fredd Wayne ... Henry Whitney (uncredited)
Ferris Webster ... Gen. Bernard 'Barney' Rutkowski (uncredited)
Mike West ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
 
Writing credits
Fletcher Knebel (novel) &
Charles W. Bailey II (novel)

Rod Serling (screenplay)

Produced by
Edward Lewis .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Ellsworth Fredericks (director of photography) (as Ellsworth Fredricks)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Production Design by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle  (as Edward Boyle)
 
Makeup Department
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist (as David Grayson)
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist: Miss Gardner
 
Production Management
Hal W. Polaire .... production manager (as Hal Polaire)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal W. Polaire .... assistant director (as Hal Polaire)
Robert J. Anderson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Dale Hutchinson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Frank Agnone .... property master
Ross C. Burke .... prop (uncredited)
Charles Gay .... prop (uncredited)
Philip M. Jefferies .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
William Maldonado .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joe Edmondson .... sound mixer
R.D. Cook .... recordist (uncredited)
W.C. Smith .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Darrell A. Anderson .... opticals (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Borland .... key grip
John Mehl .... camera operator
Vaughn Ashen .... gaffer (uncredited)
Kyme Meade .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Sterling Smith .... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Weddell .... camera assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wesley Jeffries .... costumer (as Wes Jefferies)
Angela Alexander .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Sid Mintz .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Bill Brame .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor
David Amram .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Dale Anderson .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Israel Baker .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Manuel Compinsky .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Ingolf Dahl .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Vince De Rosa .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Jim Decker .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
James Getzoff .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Benny Gill .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Caesar Giovannini .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Alan Harshman .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... music copyist (uncredited)
Paul Horn .... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Maxine Johnson .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Carmell Jones .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Manny Klein .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Harold Land .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Edgar Lustgarden .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Jack Nimitez .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Eleanor Slatkin .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Milton Thomas .... musician: viola (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Thom Conroy .... dialogue coach (as Tom Conroy)
John Franco .... script supervisor
Patrick J. Palmer .... location manager
Maggie Smith .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
118 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-8 | New Zealand:G | Norway:12 (1964) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | USA:TV-14 | USA:Approved (certificate #20565) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Trivia:
The White House wanted the film made and was very cooperative with the production. Press Secretary Pierre Salinger arranged for the production designer to have access to President John F. Kennedy's office and other rooms so they could be duplicated exactly at the studio.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Pres. Lyman tells Gen. Scott "All you have to do is wait a year and nine months for something called an election", he has the time frame wrong. One year and nine months from May would be February. He should have said "Wait a year and six months", which would have placed it in November, the correct month of the next election.See more »
Quotes:
Senator Frederick Prentice:You make me think that fruit salad on your chest is for neutrality, evasiveness, and fence-straddling.
Colonel Martin "Jiggs" Casey:On the contrary, Senator, they're standard awards for cocktail courage and dinner-table heroism. I thought you'd invented them.
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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
a masterful thriller, 20 October 2000
Author: naylands (naylands@aol.com) from brick nj

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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