United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Fletcher Knebel (novel), Charles W. Bailey II (novel) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Gen. James Mattoon Scott
Kirk Douglas ... Col. Martin 'Jiggs' Casey
Fredric March ... President Jordan Lyman
Ava Gardner ... Eleanor Holbrook
Edmond O'Brien ... Sen. Raymond Clark
Martin Balsam ... Paul Girard
Andrew Duggan ... Col. William 'Mud' Henderson
Hugh Marlowe ... Harold McPherson
Whit Bissell ... Sen. Frederick Prentice
Helen Kleeb ... Esther Townsend
George Macready ... Christopher Todd
Richard Anderson ... Col. Murdock
Bart Burns ... Secret Service White House Chief Art Corwin
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Storyline

An unpopular U.S. President manages to get a nuclear disarmament treaty through the Senate, but finds that the nation is turning against him. Jiggs Casey, a Marine Colonel, finds evidence that General Scott, the wildly popular head of the Joint Chiefs and certain Presidential Candidate in 2 years is not planning to wait. Casey goes to the president with the information and a web of intrigue begins with each side unsure of who can be trusted. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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"I'm suggesting Mr President, there's a military plot to take over the Government of these United States, next Sunday..." See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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The film cast includes five Oscar winners: Burt Lancaster, Edmond O'Brien, Martin Balsam, Fredric March and John Houseman; and three Oscar nominees: Ava Gardner, Kirk Douglas and Ferris Webster. See more »

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When Senator Clark is driving in the desert outside of El Paso looking for the "ECOMCON" base, in a medium shot he can be seen with his left arm hanging outside the vehicle, resting against the driver's door. When the car stops and Clark looks around, a close-up shows him to have both arms inside the car and both hands on the steering wheel. The next shot is a medium shot as he begins to drive off and his arm is again hanging outside the car, resting against the door. See more »

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President Jordan Lyman: I know what Scott's attitude on the treaty is, what's yours?
Colonel Martin "Jiggs" Casey: I agree with General Scott, sir. I think we're being played for suckers. I think it's really your business. Yours and the Senate. You did it, and they agreed so, well, I don't see how we in the military can question it. I mean we can question it, but we can't fight it. We shouldn't, anyway.
President Jordan Lyman: Jiggs, isn't it? Isn't that what they call you?
Colonel Martin "Jiggs" Casey: Yes sir.
President Jordan Lyman: So you, ah, you stand by the Constitution, Jiggs?
Colonel Martin "Jiggs" Casey: I never thought of it just like that, Mr. ...
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Referenced in Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) See more »

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Prophetic warning
14 August 2000 | by mermattSee all my reviews

An excellent cast, a well-crafted script, and a talented director add up to one of the great films.

This movie captures the paranoia of the cold war and how that paranoia tested the strength and definition of a democracy. The importance of civilian control over the military is well illustrated in this chilling story of a plot by the Pentagon to overthrow the US President because the military disagrees with his disarmament policy.

Use of black & white gives the film the look of a documentary, emphasizing the sense of realism for the story. If you have the chance, see this movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seven Days in May See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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