Seven Days in May (1964) - Rotten Tomatoes

Seven Days in May (1964)




Critic Consensus: John Frankenheimer's striking direction and a first-rate cast conspire to make Seven Days in May a stark, riveting tale of political intrigue.

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In this film, General James M. Scott, convinced that liberal President Jordan Lyman 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.

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Burt Lancaster
as Gen. James M. Scott
Kirk Douglas
as Col. Martin 'Jiggs' Casey
Fredric March
as President Jordan Lyman
Ava Gardner
as Eleanor Holbrook
Edmond O'Brien
as Sen. Raymond Clark
Martin Balsam
as Paul Girard
George Macready
as Christopher Todd
Whit Bissell
as Sen. Prentice
Andrew Duggan
as Col. 'Mutt' Henderson
John Houseman
as Adm. Barnswell
Hugh Marlowe
as Harold McPherson
Bart Burns
as Arthur Corwin
Richard Anderson
as Col. Murdock
Jack Mullaney
as Lt. Hough
John Larkin
as Col. Broderick
Malcolm Atterbury
as White House Physician
Helen Kleeb
as Esther Townsend
Fredd Wayne
as Henry Whitney
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr.
as Capt. Ortega
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Critic Reviews for Seven Days in May

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4)

A strikingly dramatic, realistic and provocatively topical film.

August 13, 2007 | Full Review…

John Frankenheimer directed, too much in love with technique, though he ably taps the neuroticism of Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Fredric March.

August 13, 2007 | Full Review…

Highly enjoyable.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I went expecting to be entertained by a tough, fast, realistic melodrama... I sat through a meandering parade of conventional TV types wandering through situations so vaguely defined that it would be charity to call them implausible.

August 12, 2019 | Full Review…

one of the finest political thrillers ever made

May 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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