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Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)

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An imprisoned rogue USAF general with a secret personal agenda, escapes the brig and takes over an ICBM silo, threatening to start WW3.

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writers:

Ronald M. Cohen (screenplay), Edward Huebsch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Gen. Lawrence Dell
Roscoe Lee Browne ... James Forrest
Joseph Cotten ... Arthur Renfrew - Secretary of State
Melvyn Douglas ... Zachariah Guthrie
Charles Durning ... President David T. Stevens
Richard Jaeckel ... Capt. Stanford Towne
William Marshall ... William Klinger - Attorney General
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Brig. Gen. O'Rourke
Richard Widmark ... Gen. Martin MacKenzie - Commanding General SA
Paul Winfield ... Willis Powell
Burt Young ... Augie Garvas
Charles Aidman ... Bernstein
Leif Erickson ... Ralph Whittaker - CIA Director
Charles McGraw ... Air Force Gen. Peter Crane
Morgan Paull ... First Lt. Louis Cannellis
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Storyline

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

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silo III See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,500,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was part of a cycle of 1970s conspiracy movies. These included: Executive Action (1973), Klute (1971), Chinatown (1974), Cutter's Way (1981), Telefon (1977), Winter Kills (1979), The Conversation (1974), The Parallax View (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Domino Principle (1977), Good Guys Wear Black (1978), Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977), Hangar 18 (1980), Capricorn One (1977), and All the President's Men (1976). Blow Out (1981) would follow in the early 1980s. See more »

Goofs

Why not position tanks or some kind of fighting vehicles 1500 yards from the silos to try and shoot down the missiles as they are launched? ICBMs initially move very slowly and they are not armored in any way. There would even be a good chance of hitting something critical with a well-placed rifle round. A 20mm auto cannon would definitely do it. See more »

Quotes

President David Stevens: You asshole! Dell's bluffing, huh? He doesn't have the keys, huh? He can't launch, huh? Well take a look MacKenzie and tell me those aren't fucking missiles!
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema release featured the 2 hour version. The 1998 Warner video featured the extended 138 minute print. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming (1995) 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)
Performed by Billy Preston
from the album "I Wrote a Simple Song"
on A & M Records and Tapes
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I enjoyed Twilight's Last Gleaming
3 June 2005 | by jasonhaworthSee all my reviews

I disagree that the political statement in the movie is misplaced. It was one of the first movies from the Hollywood mainstream to address the atrocities in Vietnam (such as the Mai Lai massacre for those who are not familiar with history). I think the film showed the pain and anger many vets felt when they returned. Beyond the social statement, I think the film is good thriller that stands the test of time. There are some minor problems with the plot such as the security at the silo, but those come up when one tries to analyze the film instead of enjoying the ride. Lancaster and Widmark are, as usual, very good in the picture which alone makes the picture worth seeing.


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