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Seven Days in May Details


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 first uncovered the plot: Colonel "Jiggs" Casey (Kirk Douglas). John Frankenheimer's terse direction and Ellsworth Fredericks' stark black and white photography enhance the "docudrama" feel of Seven Days in May. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 12, 1964


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Edmond O'Brien Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1964 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edmond O'Brien Best Supporting Actor 1964 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Frankenheimer Best Director 1964 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jerry Goldsmith Best Original Score 1964 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fredric March Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cary O'Dell Best Black and White Art Direction 1964 Nominee


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
Hugh Marlowe
as Harold McPherson
Bart Burns
as Arthur Corwin
Richard Anderson
as Col. Murdock
Jack Mullaney
as Lieutenant Hough
Andrew Duggan
as Col. "Mutt" Henderson
Malcolm Atterbury
as White House Physician
Helen Kleeb
as Esther Townsend
John Houseman
as Adm. Barnswell
Clegg Hoyt
Fredd Wayne
Victor Buono
as Bit


John Frankenheimer
Kirk Douglas
Fletcher Knebel
Book Author
Rod Serling
Ellsworth Fredericks
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Ferris Webster
Cary O'Dell
Art Director
Wes Jeffries
Costume Designer