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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:
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 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
a masterful thriller See more (85 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 Director 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
 
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:
An important plot point in the film involves the attempted coup taking place on the same day as the Preakness Stakes horse race. However, the seven-day timeline for the film would have had the coup taking place on Sunday while the Preakness is always run on a Saturday. John Frankenheimer said that the problem was solved by a scriptwriting acquaintance of his. This man worked as a script doctor and liked to gamble but wagered his professional services instead of money. Frankenheimer had won some work from the man and gave him the problem. The solution? In one scene a character walks by a poster which says "First Ever Sunday Running of the Preakness".See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Jiggs and Senator Clark are at Dulles Airport in Virginia. Jiggs leaves the airport and there are palm trees outside. It looks like the outside of LAX, not Dulles. Moments later Jiggs and the Secret Service agent are driving down the National Mall towards the Capitol Building, which is twenty-five miles from Dulles by road.See more »
Quotes:
Senator Frederick Prentice:Ah, it's as simple as this: the President trusts Russia, and the American people don't. The people don't believe the Russians're going to take those bombs apart on July 1st, and neither do I.See more »

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26 out of 29 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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