Seven Days in May ()

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

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Gen. James Mattoon Scott
Col. Martin 'Jiggs' Casey
President Jordan Lyman
Eleanor Holbrook
Sen. Raymond Clark
Paul Girard
Col. William 'Mutt' Henderson
Harold McPherson
Sen. Frederick Prentice
Esther Townsend
Christopher Todd
Col. Murdock
Secret Service White House Chief Art Corwin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Horace - White House Physician (uncredited)
Airline Announcer / Presidential News Conference Announcer (uncredited) (voice)
Frederick Brown ...
Guard at Office of Joint Cheif of Staff (uncredited)
Gen. Diefenbach (uncredited)
Gen. Riley (uncredited)
Thom Conroy ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Mimi Dillard ...
Mother at Dulles Airport (uncredited)
Kevin Gregor ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Tom Harris ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Minor Role (uncredited)
Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell (uncredited)
Capt. Ortega (uncredited)
Colette Jackson ...
Bar Girl (uncredited)
Jim Jacobs ...
Helicopter Commando (uncredited)
Senate Commitee Man (uncredited)
John Larkin ...
Col. Broderick (uncredited)
Minor Role (uncredited)
Presidential Aide (uncredited)
Tyler McVey ...
Gen. Hardesty (uncredited)
Senate Committee Member (uncredited)
Lt. (j.g.) Dorsey Grayson (uncredited)
Joyce Nizzari ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Minor Role (uncredited)
Irvin Richardson ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Joe Walls ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Watts ...
Stewart Dillard (uncredited)
Fredd Wayne ...
Henry Whitney (uncredited)
Ferris Webster ...
Gen. Bernard 'Barney' Rutkowski (uncredited)
Mike West ...
Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by

John Frankenheimer

Written by

Fletcher Knebel ... (novel) &
Charles W. Bailey II ... (novel)
Rod Serling ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Edward Lewis ... producer
Kirk Douglas ... co-executive producer (uncredited)
John Frankenheimer ... co-executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematography by

Ellsworth Fredericks ... director of photography (as Ellsworth Fredricks)

Film Editing by

Ferris Webster

Editorial Department

Bill Brame ... assistant editor

Production Design by

Cary Odell

Set Decoration by

Edward G. Boyle ... (as Edward Boyle)

Makeup Department

Dave Grayson ... makeup artist (as David Grayson)
Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist: Miss Gardner

Production Management

Hal W. Polaire ... production manager (as Hal Polaire)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Hal W. Polaire ... assistant director (as Hal Polaire)
Robert J. Anderson ... assistant director (uncredited)
Dale Hutchinson ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Frank Agnone ... property master
Ross C. Burke ... prop (uncredited)
Charles Gay ... prop (uncredited)
Philip M. Jefferies ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
William Maldonado ... construction coordinator (uncredited)

Sound Department

Joe Edmondson ... sound mixer
R.D. Cook ... recordist (uncredited)
W.C. Smith ... boom operator (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Darrell A. Anderson ... opticals (uncredited)


Bill Catching ... stunts (uncredited)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Richard Borland ... key grip
John Mehl ... camera operator
Vaughn Ashen ... gaffer (uncredited)
Kyme Meade ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Sterling Smith ... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Weddell ... camera assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Wesley Jeffries ... costumer (as Wes Jefferies)
Angela Alexander ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Sid Mintz ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

Patrick J. Palmer ... location manager

Music Department

Jerry Goldsmith ... conductor
David Amram ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Dale Anderson ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Israel Baker ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Larry Bunker ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano ... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Manuel Compinsky ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Ingolf Dahl ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Vince De Rosa ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Jim Decker ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
James Getzoff ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Benny Gill ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Caesar Giovannini ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Alan Harshman ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Wally Heglin ... music copyist (uncredited)
Paul Horn ... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Maxine Johnson ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Carmell Jones ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Manny Klein ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Harold Land ... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Edgar Lustgarten ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Shelly Manne ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Jack Nimitez ... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Emil Richards ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Eleanor Slatkin ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Milton Thomas ... musician: viola (uncredited)

Other crew

Thom Conroy ... dialogue coach (as Tom Conroy)
John Franco ... script supervisor
Maggie Smith ... production secretary (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines "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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Also Known As
  • 7 Days in May (World-wide, English title)
  • Sept jours en mai (France)
  • Sieben Tage im Mai (Germany)
  • Siete días de mayo (Spain)
  • 7 dage i maj (Denmark)
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  • 118 min
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Budget $2,200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia The story is set in the "not too distant" future. While viewing slides of pictures taken at the last naval inspection, the date 1970 can be seen. Although likely overlooked by modern audiences, the movie has many futuristic items that would have seemed state of the art at the time of release. The wall projecting slide viewer, the television based teleconference equipment, even the digital time/date display at the Pentagon were all touches meant at the time of release to reflect a high tech environment of the near future. See more »
Goofs General Scott is wearing his Medal of Honor (MOH) ribbon over the right pocket of his uniform coat. The MOH ribbon is never worn in that location. It is supposed to be worn along with the recipient's other ribbons above the left pocket (in the topmost position). He is also wearing the MOH ribbon upside-down. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval (1995). See more »
Quotes General James Mattoon Scott: And if you want to talk about your oath of office, I'm here to tell you face to face, President Lyman, that you violated that oath when you stripped this country of its muscles - when you deliberately played upon the fear and fatigue of the people and told them they could remove that fear by the stroke of a pen. And then when this nation rejected you, lost faith in you, and began militantly to oppose you, you violated that oath by not resigning from office and turning the country over to someone who could represent the people of the United States.
President Jordan Lyman: And that would be General James Mattoon Scott, would it? I don't know whether to laugh at that kind of megalomania, or simply cry.
General James Mattoon Scott: James Mattoon Scott, as you put it, hasn't the slightest interest in his own glorification. But he does have an abiding interest in the survival of this country.
President Jordan Lyman: Then, by God, run for office. You have such a fervent, passionate, evangelical faith in this country - why in the name of God don't you have any faith in the system of government you're so hell-bent to protect?
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