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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gen. Lawrence Dell
... James Forrest
... Arthur Renfrew - Secretary of State
... Zachariah Guthrie
... President David T. Stevens
... Capt. Stanford Towne
... William Klinger - Attorney General
... Brig. Gen. O'Rourke
... Gen. Martin MacKenzie - Commanding General SA
... Willis Powell
... Augie Garvas
... Bernstein
... Ralph Whittaker - CIA Director
... Air Force Gen. Peter Crane
... 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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the day they took on The Real Power! 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)

Gross USA:

$4,500,000, 31 December 1977
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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

Melvyn Douglas called Charles Durning "kid" during the rehearsals for this film. However, Douglas started referring to Durning as "Mr. President" after a few days of shooting the Oval Office scenes. 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

Lawrence Dell: Gentlemen, we are now a superpower.
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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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2007 release of Twilight's Last Gleaming is much awaited
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I've been waiting 10 years to see this film again. Great news that it might be released in 2007 in its full glory. Twilight's Last Gleaming is one of the films that had a profound effect on me, partly because I was a Vietnam-era student and partly because of the intense subject matter.

This film by Robert Aldrich deserves a wide audience, particularly in this time (George W. Bush administration) when the themes it presents are so current. Questions abound: Who is a terrorist? What has our government done in the name of freedom? What are we prepared to do to maintain secrecy? I can't wait. Moreover, the ending will again hit me between the eyes.


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