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John Frankenheimer

Seven Days in May

Director John Frankenheimer Composer Jerry Goldsmith Cast Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner
Edition 2024
118' - 1964 - Drama, Thriller - Dialogue: English
Director John Frankenheimer and screenwriter Rod Sterling concoct an efficient yet riveting dissection of a military coup in God's Own America with two of the all-time greats sharing the screen. Burt Lancaster is a determined fanatical leader, seeking to 'save' the country. Kirk Douglas plays a colonel who discovers the military plot to take over the nation.
Two great tenors from the Golden Age of American television, join forces. Screenwriter Rod Serling of the often politically charged science fiction series The Twilight Zone, and director John Frankenheimer who was concerned about the growing power of the military, what he called the General MacArthur syndrome. Burt Lancaster, with his usual determination, plays a general who hatches an audacious plan to depose the incumbent president (Fredric March) for his lack of vigour in nuclear treaties with the Russians. Everything takes place over seven decisive days, which immediately gives great momentum to this chronicle of a coup, constructed as a race against the clock. A hefty political statement too that warns of the fragility of US liberalism and benefits from strong performances by Kirk Douglas as the colonel who discovers the conspiracy and Ava Gardner as a society lady from the Washington inner circle who is manipulated by sentimental blackmail.

Tickets & screenings: from 19 September 2024.

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John Frankenheimer


Jerry Goldsmith


Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner


Rod Serling

Director of Photography

Ellsworth Fredericks


Ferris Webster


Edward Lewis

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Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

"Seven Days in May" (Fletcher Knebel & Charles W. Bailey II)