John Frankenheimer's follow-up to The Manchurian Candidate is as intimate and subdued as its predecessor is flamboyant and energetic. Burt Lancaster is calm and calculating as the steely-eyed military hawk General Scott, who opposes the president's (Fredric March) plan to end the cold war with a bold nuclear disarmament plan. Lancaster's longtime friend and frequent costar Kirk Douglas is his smiling, joking right-hand man, Colonel "Jiggs" Casey, whose easygoing manner is jolted by evidence of a possible plot to overthrow the American government. Scripted by Rod Serling from the novel by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey, the film plays much like a classic live TV drama (the medium that spawned both Frankenheimer and Serling), with the drama arising from conversations and confrontations and the action largely limited to scenes within the Pentagon and the White House. An ominous undercurrent of danger seeps through the realistic (and often real) settings of the film, conveyed chiefly through the intensity of the excellent ensemble performances. Notable among the supporting cast are Ava Gardner as a lonely Washington socialite who was once the general's mistress, Edmond O'Brien as an amiable alcoholic senator, Martin Balsam as the president's shrewd but skeptical secretary, and underrated character actor George Macready as the wily presidential advisor. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Simply put, Lancaster's and Douglas's acting are enough to give this movie excellent ratings. The story line of course is very relevant to today's events where a pacifist President... Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2010 by Winston
Funny how both conservatives and liberals can cook up their own paranoid fantasies from the same sets of facts. Read morePublished on July 5 2004
John Frankenheimer's masterpiece is probably one of the best political thrillers of all time. Burt Lancaster is superb in the role of General James Matoon Scott, Chairman of Joint... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004 by David
I'd been meaning to see this film for many years and finally did last year in our local photography museum's theater. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2003 by Sure Thing
John Frankenheimer (who died not very long ago) left us with a terrific repertoire of films, yet I don't hear his name mentioned often in discussions about influential American... Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by brewster22
For whatever reasons, I am intrigued by films and television programs which offer recreations of Presidential activities which are presumably authentic. Read morePublished on July 23 2003 by Robert Morris
This is one of the great Cold War movies made during the '50's and '60's, and, like Fail Safe and Dr. Read morePublished on June 11 2003 by B. Causey
"Seven Days In May" has an impressive cast list, great direction, and great story.
For the MTV generation, this would probably be very boring as it relies on... Read more