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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:
March 1964 (Austria) 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:
Forget "West Wing", here's political maneuverings with teeth See more (94 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)

Kent McCord ... Presidential Aide (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
Kirk Douglas .... co-executive producer (uncredited)
John Frankenheimer .... co-executive producer (uncredited)
 
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
 
Location Management
Patrick J. Palmer .... location manager
 
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 Lustgarten .... 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
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 film is set in the near future (relative to 1964), but the exact date is never given. While subtle clues in the film suggest that it is most likely set in May 1975, Senator Prentice's limousine has registration stickers on its license plate for 1969 and 1970.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Senator Clark is driving in the desert outside of El Paso looking for the "ECOMCON" base, in a medium shot he can be seen with his left arm hanging outside the vehicle, resting against the driver's door. When the car stops and Clark looks around, a close-up shows him to have both arms inside the car and both hands on the steering wheel. The next shot is a medium shot as he begins to drive off and his arm is again hanging outside the car, resting against the door.See more »
Quotes:
Paul Girard:Admiral, I understand you're not much of a betting man.
Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell:It depends on the game.
Paul Girard:Hmm. What is your pleasure... poker... roulette... what?
Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell:No, those are house games. I don't much care for the odds.
Paul Girard:What about horse racing?
Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell:On occasion... it depends on the race... sometimes the weather... and the horse does make the difference.
Paul Girard:Hmm. That's true, that's true. What about the Preakness? Have you got anything good going there?
Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell:[Adm. Barnswell senses that Girard knows about the takeover plot] I only bet on sure things.
Paul Girard:Admiral, you're a very lucky sailor. That's exactly what I've got for you: a sure thing.
Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell:What is the bet, Mr. Girard?
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Forget "West Wing", here's political maneuverings with teeth, 16 December 2002
Author: Joseph Stachler from Chicago, Il

A splendid ensemble cast brought together in a fun, tight political thriller. John Frankenheimer's direction is first rate. I can't imagine Alfred Hitchcock doing a better job. The novel by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II was first published in 1962 and takes place in the early 1970s. The film, made in 1964, is more of period piece, shot in black and white by Ellsworth Fredericks. Some of the dark tones in the film are inspired by the mood of the nation since the assassination of President Kennedy. The novel, by contrast, writes of a two-term Kennedy administration. The script by Rod Serling improves on the novel by creating a sharper climax as the president overcomes the brewing plot by panicking high-ranking military officers to overthrow the Executive Branch of the US government. The film is otherwise fairly faithful to the book. Burt Lancaster plays General James Mattoon Scott, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and universally idolized military hero. The man, it seems, would make an ideal president--and that just might happen on the seventh day in May. Kirk Douglass portrays the efficient Colonel "Jiggs" Casey, who is Scott's subordinent and reluctant hero of the film. Frederick March is credible as an aging, weary president who has recently won a hard-fought battle to ratify a treaty with the Soviet Union to eliminate atomic weapons. There is a vociferous backlash against the treaty, led by right-wing television personalities. Soon it is apparent that certain elements in the military, congress, and media are all in league to usurp power from the president and, as they would reason, save the nation from the worthless treaty. The film plays on traditional political labels, both pro and con. Even though it was made 28 years ago, one can identify with many of the characters and situations in the film. In the later 1980s, President Ronald Reagan was criticized by right wing conservatives for signing a treaty with the Soviet Union to downsize nuclear stockpiles. The film has some great editing as well, most notably the scene where some of the recent mysterious occurances are beginning to make sense to Jiggs as he watches Gen. Scott address a conservative political rally. Good camerawork as well, particularly when a nervous Jiggs finally sums up to the president the fantastic plot he believes he's stumbled upon. Another great shot occurs when General Scott presents a speech he is going to make against the president to his team of co-conspirators, only the back of his head is seen. The characters are human, the story is spellbinding, the film is a classic on all levels.

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