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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Satu!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
“All you’ve got to know is this: right now the government of the United States is sitting on top of the Washington Monument, right on the very point, tilting right and left and ready to fall off and break up on the pavement. There are just a handful of men that can prevent it. And you’re one of them. ” – Senator Raymond Clark
Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (on video, DVD, 17 Feb 2002, 14 Oct 2013 and 28 Jun 2018)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – In the days before a Nuclear disarmament treaty is to be signed between the US and Russia, a Marine Colonel comes across information that might infer about an imminent coup by top US military commanders.
My Take on it – I personally don’t recall when I saw this film for the first time, but or as long as I can remember, it has always been among my favorites.
This is an amazing political thriller that was very timely when it came out and still remains quite realistic in all that it portrays.
Even though it came out around 54 years ago, the way that the film shows the political “right” and “left” in conflict over how to act in certain situations seems as if it could be a story “ripped from the headlines” even now.
The cast if this film is amazing and we get some great performances by Fredric March, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmund O’Brien and Martin Balsam.
This film does an amazing job giving us lots of twists and turns along the way that constantly thrill especially when it seems as if everything has been said and done about a particular subject.
The dialogue is quite intelligent and makes sure that even those unfamiliar with so many political and military elements of the story can still comprehend and enjoy every tense moment of this film.
This is IMHO the best film of 1964 by far because it still remains so thrilling and enjoyable even after so many viewings.
Bottom Line – Amazing political thriller that gives us a scenario that feels so realistic and even feels completely “ripped from the headlines”. The cast is superb with March, Douglas, Lancaster, Gardner, O’Brien and Balsam giving amazing performances. Love the way that this film has twists and turns along the way that help keep things thrilling even when you think that all has been said and done. It manages to say so much about the political atmosphere of the early 1960’s while at the same time show that there can be a big difference if instead of just thinking differently, the differing political attitudes might cause much more damage if they act on their ideas in very extreme circumstances. This is IMHO, the best film of 1964. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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! (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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