Seven Days in May

Synopsis: An unpopular U.S. President manages to get a nuclear disarmament treaty through the Senate, but finds that the nation is turning against him. Jiggs Casey, a Marine Colonel, finds evidence that General Scott, the wildly popular head of the Joint Chiefs and certain Presidential Candidate in 2 years is not planning to wait. Casey goes to the president with the information and a web of intrigue begins with each side unsure of who can be trusted.
Director(s): John Frankenheimer
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations.
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118 min

full employment...

...whopping gross national product...

...nice, cushy feeling that we got a bomb

for every one of theirs.

But as sure as God made the State

of Georgia, there'd have come one day...

...when they'd have blown us up,

or we'd have blown them up.

And the good doctor worries

about my blood pressure.

You know who that gentleman is

with the black box?

There are five.

You know that one of them sits

outside my bedroom at night?

You know what he carries in that box?

The codes.

The codes by which I, Jordan Lyman...

...can give the order sending us

into a nuclear war.

Instead of my blood pressure...

...I think Horace should worry

about my sanity.

You want to know something, Jordie?

Riots and unemployment notwithstanding,

you're an exceptionally fine president.

But 25-year friendship aside,

the day may yet come...

...when the name Jordan Lyman

and "sanity" will come out as one word.

Mention that to General James Scott

when he's up in front of you this morning.

I hear you.

And try tea sometime, too, huh?

I'll give it a taste now and then.

I personally visited the President.

I presented him with a documented case

listing the reasons for concern.

Three weeks before the treaty

was ratified...

...three of us sat in this same committee

and urged its re-evaluation.

Only last week in Pravda...

Excuse me, General. Sorry to interrupt.

As I understand it... feel the signing of this pact

has been detrimental to our security.

If my colleague from Georgia

could confine his comments...

...not only to appropriate business

at hand...

...but to observe some of the basic rules

of parliamentary procedure.

In my boorish way, I'm only suggesting

that if you two gentlemen...

...continue to work from a script

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Rod Serling

Rodman Edward "Rod" Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his science-fiction anthology TV series, The Twilight Zone. Serling was active in politics, both on and off the screen, and helped form television industry standards. He was known as the "angry young man" of Hollywood, clashing with television executives and sponsors over a wide range of issues including censorship, racism, and war. more…

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