MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#11 of 48) – Seven Days in May (1964) – Encore Review 2


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #11 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – Came across this film on video in the early 90’s and being a conspiracy theory nut, I immediately fell in love with the story and how it all plays out.

“Chris, I hope you’re quite correct in your assumption that we’re all panicky idiots. But, if your incorrect in this judgement, we’re in for a week of unadulterated nightmare.” – President Jordan Lyman

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (on video, DVD, 17 Feb 2002, 14 Oct 2013, 28 Jun 2018 and 7 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A senior military officer suspects that a group of Generals may be planning a coup to take control of the country.

My Take on it – One of the very best conspiracy theory stories brought to the screen. They do an amazing job keeping the tension level quite high and slowly raising it more and more as the story unfolds. The story is quite realistic in the way that it all plays out and that has much to do with the way that they develop these characters along the way. The story is filled with some great twists that are so unexpected especially when a character that is assumed to be completely safe just happens to end up dead. The dialogue is superbly written and the debates between these characters are so crisp and engaging to listen to. The cast is amazing with Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Fredric March, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien and Martin Balsam all giving exquisite performances in these roles. The story may be all about the Cold War, but things are presented in a timeless fashion and still remain relevant to today as they did nearly 6 years ago. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Kirk Douglas had been at a dinner with John F. Kennedy, who asked him if he planned to make the novel “Seven Days in May” into a movie. When Douglas said “yes”, the president spent the next half hour telling him how great a movie it would be. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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