Seven Days in May

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  • Thrillers
Political thriller in which the military Chiefs of Staff (led by Lancaster) plot to overthrow the US president (March) after he concludes what they consider to be a disastrous nuclear treaty with Russia. Conspiracy movies may have become more darkly complex in these post-Watergate days of Pakula and paranoia, but Frankenheimer's fascination with gadgetry (in his compositions, the ubiquitous helicopters, TV screens, hidden cameras and electronic devices literally edge the human characters into insignificance) is used to create a striking visual metaphor for control by the military machine. Highly enjoyable.

Release details

Duration: 118 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Frankenheimer
Screenwriter: Rod Serling
Cast: Edmond O'Brien
Burt Lancaster
Fredric March
George Macready
Hugh Marlowe
Martin Balsam
Whit Bissell
Kirk Douglas
Ava Gardner
John Houseman
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