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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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$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

Lorimar first bought rights to "Twilights Last Gleaming ' in 1971, when it was known as Viper Three and Tom Mankiewicz was going to write it. See more »

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When the attackers enter the launch control center, you can see that the 'massive' vault door, while thick, has no locking bolts on the side and thus must be fake. See more »

Quotes

Willis Powell: Just wanted you to know General, win or lose, you're some motherfucker.
Lawrence Dell: Thank you.
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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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One of the best conspiracy films since THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE.
5 July 2000 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

An intriguing, tightly-paced political conspiracy thriller, with excellent performances by Burt Lancaster, Charles Durning, Paul Winfield, Burt Young, Joseph Cotten and others. Based very loosely on a forgettable action novel by Walter Wager, it flips the politics 180 degrees to comment on the senselessness of the Vietnam War. As well as a powerful message, it has a strong plot and sharp dialogue; excellent editing and good use of split-screen add to the excitement.


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