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Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)

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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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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 »


Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

9 February 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Silo III  »

Box Office


$6,200,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Robert Aldrich originally wanted to have a photo montage of various events in American history to play over the opening credits. See more »


Throughout the scenes with the president, his aide wears an Air Force uniform, but sports a Combat Infantry Badge. Wrong branch of service. See more »


President David Stevens: You asshole! Dell's bluffing, huh? He doesn't have the keys, huh? He can't launch, huh? Well take a look MacKenzie and tell me those aren't fucking missiles!
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Referenced in Thirteen Days (2000) 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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A towering ensemble of performers in a film not be missed
5 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with the general drift of the comments logged to this date. I would add only this: as I watched John McCain expunge the Bush administration from the recent history of the United States this film sprang to mind. To say more would spoil the climax of the film. Burt Lancaster gave master classes in film acting in many of his movies, and in none more so that in Twilight. The other actors were superb. I had the strange experience of seeing the film on network television in 1977, and as the closing credits began to roll, my phone rang. It was a person I had not seen or heard from in over a year, her first words being: "Did you see THAT?" So much for Twilight and telepathy.

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