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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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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Burt Lancaster was paid a salary of $750k. See more »

Goofs

Powell stated that he lied when Dell asks him about his experience with Titan missiles and ICBM security. This is completely improbable as these career fields are so detailed and require such specific areas of knowledge that faking ones way through even the most basic conversation would difficult. To do so for months or years while planning a mission would be nearly impossible.

Additionally, the General could have simply asked the records clerk at the prison to look into Powell's background. The AFSC (Air Force Specialty Code) for his career field would have indicated whether he had any experience with ICBMs' See more »

Quotes

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 The Simpsons: Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming (1995) See more »

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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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Outstanding
26 April 2001 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

In the 1960's three "nuclear" movies stand out: Dr. Strangelove, Fail Safe, and the much under rated Bedford Incident. All tried in their own ways to raise awareness of the implications of both the Cold War, the mind set of Nuclear Warriors and their political masters, and the dangers implicit in the possession of nuclear weapons. While Twilights Last Gleaming is not as good as these three, it is an excellent well crafted film that not only explores the mind set of the military and politicians, but also how a power structure will protect itself, particularly from that most dangerous of threats: the truth. Its also explores ONE of the reasons that once in Vietnam, the US found it so hard to get out. If you enjoy this one, check out another Burt Lancaster movie, CONTROL. Again, an excellent treatment of a nuclear subject.


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