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Seven Days in May (1964) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by John Frankenheimer and produced by Edward Lewis.

Academy Awards 1964 --- Ceremony Number 37 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorEdmond O'BrienNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cary Odell; Set Decoration: Edward G. BoyleNominated

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Seven Days in May (1964): A Twilight Zone America Strikes Close to Home

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 24, 2021 From 4 Star Films

The opening images of Seven Days in May could have easily been pulled out of the headlines. A silent protest continues outside the White House gates with hosts of signs decrying the incumbent president or at the very least the state of his America.? We don’t quite know his egregious act althou... Read full article

Seven Days in May (1964, John Frankenheimer)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 23, 2018 From The Stop Button

Screenwriter Rod Serling really likes to employ monologues in Seven Days in May. John Frankenheimer likes to direct them too. And the actors like to give them. Because they?re good monologues. The monologues give all then actors fantastic material. Everyone except George Macready, who isn?t the righ... Read full article

Seven Days in May (1964)

By Beatrice on Jun 9, 2018 From Flickers in Time

Seven Days in May Directed by John Frankenheimer Written by Rod Sterling from a novel by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II 1964/USA Joel Productions/Seven Arts Productions Repeat viewing/FilmStruck I expected more suspense in a conspiracy theory film from John Frankenheimer. In the not so dis... Read full article

Warner Archive Blu-ray: March, Lancaster, Douglas and Gardner in Seven Days in May (1964)

By KC on Jul 6, 2017 From Classic Movies

Seven Days in May (1964) was director John Frankenheimer's follow-up to The Manchurian Candidate (1962), meant to be another unsettling portrait of power and politics. Given today's political climate though, it is striking how relatively sane everyone seems in this story of an attempted military tak... Read full article

Seven Days in May – part 5

By Tom on Feb 8, 2012 From The Old Movie House

In part 4 I had a section called “ One Liners and Small Roles”. With the exception of Richard Anderson Malcolm Atterbury and John Larkin were just two of the 10 actors who appeared in the film but were not given any screen credits. Other actors who appeared in the film but did not receiv... Read full article

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Quotes from

President Jordan Lyman: You ever been up here before?
Colonel Martin "Jiggs" Casey: It's a big room.
President Jordan Lyman: [Sarcastically] Too big for living and too small for a convention.

Paul Girard: Admiral, I understand you're not much of a betting man.
Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell: It depends on the game.
Paul Girard: Hmm. What is your pleasure... poker... roulette... what?
Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell: No, those are house games. I don't much care for the odds.
Paul Girard: What about horse racing?
Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell: On occasion... it depends on the race... sometimes the weather... and the horse does make the difference.
Paul Girard: Hmm. That's true, that's true. What about the Preakness? Have you got anything good going there?
Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell: [Adm. Barnswell senses that Girard knows about the takeover plot] I only bet on sure things.
Paul Girard: Admiral, you're a very lucky sailor. That's exactly what I've got for you: a sure thing.
Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell: What is the bet, Mr. Girard?
Paul Girard: The bet is that there are members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who are involved in treason. We know who they are, we know the essence of the plan. Now from you, Admiral, I want a signed statement indicating at what moment you first heard of this operation and your complicity in this entire matter.
Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell: Frankly, I wish I had more time.
Paul Girard: [sarcastically] I wish you did too, Admiral.
[tosses him a pen to write the statement]
Paul Girard: Unfortunately, you don't.

[last lines]
President Jordan Lyman: [to reporters at a televised press conference] There's been abroad in this land in recent months a whisper that we have somehow lost our greatness, that we do not have the strength to win without war the struggles for liberty throughout the world. This is slander, because our country is strong, strong enough to be a peacemaker. It is proud, proud enough to be patient. The whisperers and the detractors, the violent men are wrong. We will remain strong and proud, peaceful and patient, and we will see a day when on this earth all men will walk out of the long tunnels of tyranny into the bright sunshine of freedom.
[president exits; reporters stand and applaud]
Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, that was the President of the United States.

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Facts about

Both the book and the movie suggest that the story takes place in the near future -- that is, after the early 1960s. Using the day-date combinations featured on screen, the most likely setting for these events is May 1969.
John Frankenheimer had been in the Air Force and was very familiar with the Pentagon.
According to director John Frankenheimer, the Gen. Scott character is an amalgam of Gen. Curtis LeMay and Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
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