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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
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
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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Storyline

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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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

9 February 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Silo III  »

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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Leif Erickson. See more »

Goofs

At about 30 minutes into the movie, the officer giving a SAC briefing begins with "Good morning, gentlemen. 16 November 1981. Julian date 81215". Those are not the same date, and in fact are over three months apart. See more »

Quotes

Willis Powell: Grow up General. Nobody honors nothin', but that's no reason to blow up the whole world.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming (1995) 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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I enjoyed Twilight's Last Gleaming
3 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I disagree that the political statement in the movie is misplaced. It was one of the first movies from the Hollywood mainstream to address the atrocities in Vietnam (such as the Mai Lai massacre for those who are not familiar with history). I think the film showed the pain and anger many vets felt when they returned. Beyond the social statement, I think the film is good thriller that stands the test of time. There are some minor problems with the plot such as the security at the silo, but those come up when one tries to analyze the film instead of enjoying the ride. Lancaster and Widmark are, as usual, very good in the picture which alone makes the picture worth seeing.


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