Seven Days in May
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Adapted by Rod Serling from the best-selling novel by Fletcher Knebel and Charles Waldo Bailey II, Seven Days in May was allegedly inspired by the far-right ramblings of one General Edwin Walker. Burt Lancaster plays General James M. Scott, who, convinced that liberal President Jordan Lyman (Fredric March) is soft on America's enemies, plots a military takeover of the United States. Every effort made by President Lyman to find concrete evidence of General Scott's scheme is scuttled by political protocol, human error and accidental death. Ultimately, Lyman must rely upon the man who… More
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"A strikingly dramatic, realistic and provocatively topical film."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"As dismal as is the complication that they and this picture present, the acknowledgment of its possibility and the discovery of how it might be resolved, with wisdom and fundamental courage, make this a brave and forceful film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Frankenheimer's Washington, D.C., less baroque than in The Manchurian Candidate but just as hazardous"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Based upon a potboiling bestseller novel, Frankenheimer brings an artistic sense to the film, but he can only take it so far."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Lancaster is unparalleled in a rare bad guy role, helped amiably by a solid supporting staff. One of Frankenheimer's best works."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"John Frankenheimer directed, too much in love with technique, though he ably taps the neuroticism of Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Fredric March."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Frankenheimer's gripping political tale of conspiracy benefits from taut direction, good acting by an all-star cast, and excellent technical values, especially cinematography."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Shot in stark black and white, it shows the military not as the usual buffoons, but as ruthless right-wingers with a political agenda."
‑ , Film4
"Gripping political thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A very good, thought-provoking film that is more related to our times than we would like."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Highly enjoyable."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It's a good, engaging movie - great-looking, too, with top-notch photography and production design - but it tends to fall apart when you start kicking the tires and peek under the hood."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Sure to keep you on the edge of your seat."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Director John Frankenheimer's 1960s political thriller still crackles and pops."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"...everything a good, taut, riveting conspiracy movie should be."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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