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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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Drama | Thriller

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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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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Lawrence Dell: You try one more goddamned stunt and I'll light up the fucking sky!
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Connections

Referenced in Thirteen Days (2000) See more »

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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A towering ensemble of performers in a film not be missed
5 September 2008 | by 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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