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 overview, first billed only:
Gen. Lawrence Dell
James Forrest
Arthur Renfrew - Secretary of State
Zachariah Guthrie
President David T. Stevens
Capt. Stanford Towne
William Klinger - Attorney General
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
Brig. Gen. O'Rourke
Gen. Martin MacKenzie - Commanding General SA
Willis Powell
Augie Garvas
Ralph Whittaker - CIA Director
Air Force Gen. Peter Crane
First Lt. Louis Cannellis


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 <>

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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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Richard Widmark's scenes were shot separately from everyone else's scenes. See more »


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 »


Lawrence Dell: Gentlemen, we are now a superpower.
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Referenced in The Peacekeeper (1997) See more »


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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Excellent conspiracy film.
20 September 2004 | by (Lake Isabella, CA) – See all my reviews

Rating 4**** out of 5

Robert Aldrich's "Twilight's Last Gleaming" based on the novel Viper 3 by Walter Wager is the story of General Dell, played superbly by Oscar winner Burt Lancaster, who was an ex-military officer during the Vietnam War. His intentions are to take control of an underground nuclear silo and expects certain demands to be made including ten million dollars in cash and the to use the President of the United States as a hostage. A fine war film with Jerry Goldsmith's excellent score, makes Twilight's Last Gleaming a very recommended motion picture which should be viewed today, especially at the height of the recent terrorism attacks with great performances by Oscar nominees Burt Young, Richard Widmark, Paul Winfield, Joseph Cotton, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Jaeckel and Charles Durning as the President.

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