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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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James Forrest
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Arthur Renfrew - Secretary of State
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Zachariah Guthrie
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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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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)  »

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Nuclear Countdown  »

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$6,200,000 (estimated)
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Final film of Lionel Murton. See more »

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The film is set to take place in 1981, then four years into the future. The Titan (I) missile was already retired in 1965. The Titan II missile was still in service in 1981, although even that had originally been scheduled to be retired beginning in 1971. This is relevant not the least because the Titan II was fired from its silos while its less advanced predecessor Titan I needed to be fueled up first and raised from the silo on a giant elevator system (as shown in the movie). See more »

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Willis Powell: Grow up General. Nobody honors nothin', but that's no reason to blow up the whole world.
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References Hell, Heaven or Hoboken (1958) 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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Excellent conspiracy film.
20 September 2004 | by 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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