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Seven Days In May

Released 1964
Distributor Paramount

About Seven Days In May

President John F. Kennedy was a fan of the best selling novel and provided enthusiastic, if clandestine, support for Rod Serling’s scripted movie version, allowing unusual access to shooting outside the White House. General Edwin Walker,who clashed with Kennedy over the Cuban Missile Crisis, was the prototype for Burt Lancaster’s warmongering general character who engineers a military coup against embattled president Fredric March. Director John Frankenheimer’s live tv background provides plenty of Playhouse 90 immediacy and the supporting cast is unparalleled.

About Michael Peyser

Michael Peyser is an accomplished producer of both major studio movies as well as cutting edge independent films. Among his producing credits are The Purple Rose of Cairo, F/X, Big Business, Ruthless People, Hackers, Matilda, U23D, The Warrior's Way and Woody Allen: A Documentary.  Peyser is a tenured professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he teaches all aspects of producing and filmmaking.
  • Bill Davis

    One of my favorite movies. Back in the post-Watergate era and when Burt Lancaster was still alive, I thought it would be ripe for a sequel, about how the long-kept secret of the conspiracy was uncovered. One criticism of the trailer — it pretty much tells the whole movie.