Seven Days in May (1964) Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner & Edmond O'Brien. In the film John F. Kennedy wanted, to warn of the Military Industrial Complex! (The best movie you probably never heard of) FULL MOVIE
seven days in may: part 1A
Seven Days in May is an American political thriller novel written by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II and published in 1962. It was made into a motion picture and released in February 1964, with a screenplay by Rod Serling, directed by John Frankenheimer, and starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, and Ava Gardner.
The story is said to have been influenced by the right-wing anti-Communist political activities of General Edwin A. Walker
after he resigned from the military. An additional inspiration was
provided by the 1961 interview by Knebel, who was also a political
journalist and columnist, conducted with the newly-appointed Air Force
Chief of Staff, Curtis LeMay, an advocate of preventive first-strike nuclear option.
President John F. Kennedy had read the novel and believed the scenario as described could actually occur in the United States.
According to Frankenheimer in his director's commentary, 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.
(the novel gives the date of May 1974, while the film only refers to an
alignment of dates that would occur 1969, 1975, or 1980 and an
electronic map of active military bases displaying the date of May 9,
1970). With the ever-present possibility of nuclear war and mutually assured destruction, U.S. President Jordan Lyman signs a nuclear disarmament
treaty with the Soviet Union, with both nations simultaneously
destroying their nuclear weapons under mutual international inspection.
The ratification produces a wave of public dissatisfaction, especially
among the President's opposition and the military, who believe the
Soviets cannot be trusted. - Wikipedia
An unpopular U.S. President manages to get a nuclear disarmament
treaty through the Senate, but finds that the nation is turning against
him. Jiggs Casey, a Marine Colonel, finds evidence that General Scott,
the wildly popular head of the Joint Chiefs and certain Presidential
Candidate in 2 years is not planning to wait. Casey goes to the
president with the information and a web of intrigue begins with each
side unsure of who can be trusted. (Ron Paul 2012)
Originally scheduled for release in December 1963 but Burt Lancaster insisted the release date be postponed as it was too soon after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The same fate befell Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, which was also scheduled for a December 1963 opening.
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
At one point General Scott refers to Admiral Barnswell as Admiral Palmer.
"I'm suggesting Mr President, there's a military plot to take over the Government of these United States, next Sunday..."
Here is the final scene.
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