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Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)

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A renegade USAF general, Lawrence Dell, escapes from a military prison and takes over an ICBM silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War 3 unless the President reveals details of ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gen. Lawrence Dell
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James Forrest
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Arthur Renfrew - Secretary of State
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Zachariah Guthrie
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President David T. Stevens
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Capt. Stanford Towne
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William Klinger - Attorney General
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Brig. Gen. O'Rourke
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Gen. Martin MacKenzie - Commanding General SA
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Willis Powell
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Augie Garvas
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Bernstein
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Ralph Whittaker - CIA Director
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Air Force Gen. Peter Crane
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First Lt. Louis Cannellis
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A renegade USAF general, Lawrence Dell, escapes from a military prison and takes over an ICBM silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War 3 unless the President reveals details of a secret meeting held just after the start of the Vietnam War between Dell and the then President's most trusted advisors. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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We have invaded Silo 3. We are prepared to launch nine nuclear missiles. We demand ten million dollars, Air Force One... and you, Mr President. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

9 February 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nuclear Countdown  »

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Budget:

$6,200,000 (estimated)
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(35 mm optical prints)| (35 mm magnetic prints)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All of the scenes were shot with two cameras running. See more »

Goofs

The film is set to take place in 1981, then four years into the future. The Titan (I) missile was already retired in 1965. The Titan II missile was still in service in 1981, although even that had originally been scheduled to be retired beginning in 1971. This is relevant not the least because the Titan II was fired from its silos while its less advanced predecessor Titan I needed to be fueled up first and raised from the silo on a giant elevator system (as shown in the movie). See more »

Quotes

Lawrence Dell: There are no midgets in the United States Air Force.
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Connections

References Hell, Heaven or Hoboken (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

My Country, 'Tis of Thee
Music by Lowell Mason (uncredited) based on the music by Henry Carey from "God Save the King" (1744)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (uncredited) (1832)
Sung by Billy Preston
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The General and the Nightmare
17 August 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

America developed the Atomic Bomb in the 1940's and terrified the world with it's use on Japan. Ever since, the weapon has undergone enormous transformation from it's inception to the nightmarish mega-tonnage of today. Created to fly only once, these weapons of Mass destruction have been in hibernation waiting for someone lunatic enough to give them flight. Such a man is General Lawrence Dell (Burt Lancaster) who with the passionate fervor of a man with a mission expertly hijacks a missile complex. With the help of three escape convicts (William Smith, Paul Winfield and Burt Young) threaten to start World War III if their demands are not met. Such is the scenario of Twilight's Last Gleaming. The film contains a run-away-script which ignites the fears of the world and confront the President of the United States (Charles During, one of his finest roles to date) and his cabinet with the reality of World Destruction. The high drama and tense nail-biting excitement is one of the bi-products of this heart pounding film. All in all, a classic confrontation between a deceptive, administration and a general out to expose their callous indifferent nature towards war. Excellence performances by Joseph Cotton, William Marshall, and Richard Jaeckel. *****


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