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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, 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

Seven Days in May – part 4

By Tom on Feb 6, 2012 From The Old Movie House

Who did what The film was directed by John Frankenheimer, who directed just two years earlier gave us The Birdman of Alcatraz. You’ll notice from some of the dates relating to a few of the PDF files he was already in pre-production on this film when The Birdman of Alcatraz was released. John ... 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.

[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.

Senator Raymond Clark: Ah, don't get your nanny up; you knew there'd be some dislocations. You can't gear a country's economy for war for 20 years, then suddenly slam on the brakes and expect the whole transition to go like grease through a goose. Hmph. Doesn't work out like that. And think how the whole psychology of the thing's been screwed up from the outset. We've been hating the Russians for a quarter of a century. Suddenly we sign a treaty that says in two months they're to dismantle their bombs, we're to dismantle ours, and we all ride to a peaceful glory. This country will probably live as if peace were just as big a threat as war.
President Jordan Lyman: Dammit, Ray, we could've had our paradise. Yes, by God, we could've had full employment, whopping Gross National Product, nice cushy feeling that we've got a bomb for every one of theirs. But just as sure as God made the state of Georgia, there'd've come one day when they'd've blown us up, or we'd've blown them up. My doctor worries about my blood pressure. You know who that gentleman is down there with the black box. There are five of them... you know that one of them sits outside my bedroom at night? You know what he carries in that box: the codes. The codes by which I, Jordan Lyman, can give the orders sending us into a nuclear war. Instead of my blood pressure, Horace should worry about my sanity.

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Facts about

John Frankenheimer had been in the Air Force and was very familiar with the Pentagon.
For security reasons, the Pentagon forbids camera crews near the entrances to the complex. John Frankenheimer wanted a shot of Kirk Douglas entering the building. So they rigged up a station wagon with a camera to film Douglas, in a full Marine colonel's uniform, walking up the steps of the Pentagon. The salutes Douglas received in that scene were real, as the guards had no reason to believe it was for a movie!
Paul Girard (Martin Balsam) meets Admiral Barnswell (John Houseman), commander of the 6th Fleet, in Gibraltar aboard his flagship, USS Kitty Hawk, one of the newest & largest aircraft carriers in 1964. The scene was filmed in San Diego Bay, where the Kitty Hawk was actually flagship of the 7th Fleet based in the Pacific. The aircraft carrier USS Midway is in the background. The Midway is now a museum in San Diego while the Kitty Hawk was decommissioned (2009) and in the naval reserves. At time of her decommissioning, the Kitty Hawk was the longest serving US Navy ship.
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