Seven Days in May is a 1964 American political thriller film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner, Martin Balsam, and George Kennedy. The film is based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II. The film tells the story of a group of U.S. military officers who plan to overthrow the government of President John F. Kennedy. The film begins with the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. The film then cuts to a meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where General James Scott (Burt Lancaster) proposes a military coup d'état to prevent the Soviet Union from taking advantage of the assassination. Scott argues that the United States is in a state of decline and that only a military government can save the country. The other members of the Joint Chiefs are initially reluctant to support Scott's plan, but they eventually agree to go along with it. The coup is scheduled to take place on May 22, 1964. In the meantime, President Kennedy's successor, Lyndon B. Johnson (Fredric March), is informed of the coup plot. Johnson orders the FBI to investigate the matter, and the FBI soon uncovers the plot. On May 22, the coup is launched. However, the FBI is able to thwart the coup and arrest the conspirators. Scott and the other conspirators are tried and convicted of treason. The film ends with Johnson giving a speech in which he denounces the coup plotters and reaffirms his commitment to democracy. Seven Days in May is a well-made and suspenseful film that explores the dangers of military coups. The film is also a timely reminder of the importance of democracy and the rule of law.

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Seven Days in May (1964)

Unrated

Drama/Suspense/Thriller · 1h 58m · 2/14/1964

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THE ASTOUNDING STORY OF AN ASTOUNDING MILITARY PLOT TO TAKE OVER THE UNITED STATES! THE TIME IS 1970 or 1980 OR, POSSIBLY, TOMORROW.

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Seven Days in May is a 1964 American political thriller film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner, Martin Balsam, and George Kennedy. The film is based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II. The film tells the story of a group of U.S. military officers who plan to overthrow the government of President John F. Kennedy. The film begins with the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. The film then cuts to a meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where General James Scott (Burt Lancaster) proposes a military coup d'état to prevent the Soviet Union from taking advantage of the assassination. Scott argues that the United States is in a state of decline and that only a military government can save the country. The other members of the Joint Chiefs are initially reluctant to support Scott's plan, but they eventually agree to go along with it. The coup is scheduled to take place on May 22, 1964. In the meantime, President Kennedy's successor, Lyndon B. Johnson (Fredric March), is informed of the coup plot. Johnson orders the FBI to investigate the matter, and the FBI soon uncovers the plot. On May 22, the coup is launched. However, the FBI is able to thwart the coup and arrest the conspirators. Scott and the other conspirators are tried and convicted of treason. The film ends with Johnson giving a speech in which he denounces the coup plotters and reaffirms his commitment to democracy. Seven Days in May is a well-made and suspenseful film that explores the dangers of military coups. The film is also a timely reminder of the importance of democracy and the rule of law.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Companies

Joel Productions, Seven Arts Productions

Budget

$2,200,000
Part Of
Cast
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John Barton

Reporter (uncredited)
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Jack Berle

Reporter (uncredited)
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Frederick Brown

Guard at Office of Joint Cheif of Staff (uncredited)
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Robert Brubaker

Gen. Diefenbach (uncredited)
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William Challee

Gen. Riley (uncredited)
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Dick Cherney

Reporter (uncredited)
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Charles Cirillo

Reporter (uncredited)
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Thom Conroy

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Harry Denny

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Mimi Dillard

Mother at Dulles Airport (uncredited)
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Alphonso DuBois

Reporter (uncredited)
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Fred Fisher

Waiter (uncredited)
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Wesley Gale

Reporter (uncredited)
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Kevin Gregor

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Chuck Hamilton

Reporter (uncredited)
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Tom Harris

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Stuart Holmes

Senate Committee Member (uncredited)
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John Houseman

Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell (uncredited)
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Rodolfo Hoyos Jr.

Capt. Ortega (uncredited)
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Clegg Hoyt

Diner Operator (uncredited)
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Colette Jackson

Bar Girl (uncredited)
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Jim Jacobs

Helicopter Commando (uncredited)
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Kenner G. Kemp

Senate Committee Member (uncredited)
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Paul King

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Joseph La Cava

Party Guest (uncredited)
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John Larkin

Col. Broderick (uncredited)
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Michael Masters

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Kent McCord

Presidential Aide (uncredited)
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Tyler McVey

Gen. Hardesty (uncredited)
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William Meader

Reporter (uncredited)
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Tina Menard

Reporter (uncredited)
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Charles Meredith

Senate Committee Member (uncredited)
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Ernesto Molinari

Reporter (uncredited)
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Burt Lancaster

Gen. James Mattoon Scott
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Kirk Douglas

Col. Martin 'Jiggs' Casey
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Fredric March

President Jordan Lyman
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Ava Gardner

Eleanor Holbrook
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Edmond O'Brien

Sen. Raymond Clark
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Martin Balsam

Paul Girard
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Andrew Duggan

Col. William 'Mutt' Henderson
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Hugh Marlowe

Harold McPherson
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Whit Bissell

Sen. Frederick Prentice
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Helen Kleeb

Esther Townsend
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George Macready

Christopher Todd
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Richard Anderson

Col. Murdock
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Bart Burns

Secret Service White House Chief Art Corwin
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John Alban

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Monya Andre

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Malcolm Atterbury

Horace - White House Physician (uncredited)
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Jack Mullaney

Lt. (j.g.) Dorsey Grayson (uncredited)
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Joyce Nizzari

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Joe Ploski

Reporter (uncredited)
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Jose Portugal

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Bill Raisch

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Fred Rapport

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Paul Ravel

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Ron Rich

Reporter (uncredited)
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Irvin Richardson

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Owen Song

Reporter (uncredited)
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Norman Stevans

Senate Commitee Member (uncredited)
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Joe Walls

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Charles Watts

Stewart Dillard (uncredited)
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Fredd Wayne

Henry Whitney (uncredited)
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Ferris Webster

Gen. Bernard 'Barney' Rutkowski (uncredited)
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Mike West

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Walter Bacon

Reporter (uncredited)
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Sam Bagley

Reporter (uncredited)
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Al Bain

Reporter (uncredited)
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Bill Baldwin

Airline Announcer / Presidential News Conference Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Crew
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John Frankenheimer

Director
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Fletcher Knebel

Writer
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Charles W. Bailey II

Writer
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Rod Serling

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Seven Days in May

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

11/22/2016

Disc Title Front Cover

Seven Days in May

(DVD, Snapper)

5/16/2000

Disc Title Front Cover

Seven Days in May

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

5/3/2017

Disc Title Front Cover

Seven Days in May

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

7/12/2011

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