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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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9 February 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nuclear Countdown  »

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Budget:

$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

Many actors from the Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) film series made appearances in this film. Actors Garrick Hagon and William Hootkins both appeared as Rebel Pilots in the first film, and actor 'John Ratzenberger' (gv) also appeared as a rebel soldier in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). In addition, Hagon and Ratzenberger also played U.S. soldiers that same year in A Bridge Too Far (1977). See more »

Goofs

The Air Force officer talking to the President calls Dell "a soldier" when he should refer to him as an airman or officer, but never a soldier. No member of the Air Force would call another member of the Air Force a soldier. See more »

Quotes

Willis Powell: Grow up General. Nobody honors nothin', but that's no reason to blow up the whole world.
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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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Entertaining & Thought-Provoking
19 September 1999 | by (Brentwood, TN) – See all my reviews

While this movie has been criticized as a product of Lancaster's political ideology, it is too entertaining to dismiss as a simple political polemic. Gen-Xers may not remember a time when we were always just a few minutes away from a nuclear launch. This film captures some of that tension (and explains why the Strategic Air Command insisted in psychatric screening of all personnel who had access to nuclear weapons!) A plot device about the secret origins of the Vietnam war has been roundly criticized by some. But anyone who has read the early works of Henry Kissinger or the Pentagon Papers will not find it far-fetched at all. Great end title score!


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