Seven Days in May

Seven Days in May

DVD - 2000
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A popular general attempts to take over the U.S. government.


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Oct 07, 2017

Could you please include whether items are Closed Captioned or Subtitled for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Thanks.

Sep 19, 2016

This political thriller, from 1963, based on a novel by the same name, is very, very scary. It features an ego-maniacal general of the joint-chiefs-of-staff who wants to overthrow his current government and become dictator, because he doesn't agree with the policies of the sitting president. Does any of it sound familiar? Sounds like current political events doesn't it? In fact, when you hear them chant: "Scott..Scott...Scott!", you can almost hear: "Trump...Trump...Trump!" This movie is not only entertaining, but it might SCARE you enough to register to vote...if you haven't already. --Mark A. Payne

Aug 09, 2016

This is a 1963 American political thriller directed by John Frankenheimer, based on the novel of the same name by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II, published in September 1962.
It is about the Pentagon's planned takeover of the United States government in reaction to the president's negotiation of a disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union.
The book was written in late 1961 and into early 1962, during the first year of the Kennedy administration, reflecting some of the events of that era.
In November 1961, President John F. Kennedy accepted the resignation of vociferously anti-Communist General Edwin Walker who was indoctrinating the troops under his command with personal political opinions and had described former President Harry S. Truman, former United States Secretary of State Dean Acheson, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and other recent still-active public figures as Communist sympathizers.
Although no longer in uniform, Walker continued to be in the news as he attempted to run for Governor of Texas and made speeches promoting strongly right-wing views.
As they collaborated on the novel, Knebel and Bailey, who were primarily political journalists and columnists, also conducted interviews with another controversial military commander, the newly appointed Air Force Chief of Staff, Curtis LeMay, an advocate of preventive first-strike nuclear option.
President Kennedy had read the book shortly after its publication and believed the scenario as described could actually occur in the United States.
Production of the film received encouragement and assistance from Kennedy through White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger, who conveyed to Frankenheimer Kennedy's wish that the film be produced and that, although the Pentagon did not want the film made, the President would conveniently arrange to visit Hyannis Port for a weekend when the film needed to shoot outside the White House.
This film, therefore, apparently angered the conspirators of the JFK assassination---some of the evil brass at the Pentagon!

Aug 05, 2016

A classic political/military thriller. One of the best pairings of Douglas and Lancaster, with excellent supporting cast. Many layers of meaning in this film: both personal and social. Don't miss this movie. Would be good on a double bill with "The President's Plane is Missing."

Nov 21, 2013

A mid-60s paranoid political thriller about an ambitious officer plotting to overthrow a weak president. A little slow, but well-acted (Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner), stylishly shot and a little creepy. Forms a kind of paranoid trilogy with "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Seconds." Oliver Stone probably loves this movie.

Aug 03, 2013

Excellent political thriller with an original but believable plot about a military takeover of the US government during the height of the Cold War. Excellent acting by both Lancaster and Douglas. Timeless classic.

Jan 01, 2011

this is an exceptionately good film! good story, good acting, good direction, good camera-work, etc. highly recommended.


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