Starring Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Fredric March, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien, Martin Balsam, George Macready
Ensemble thriller set ten years ahead, in the 1970s, Fredric March plays President of the United States, Jordan Lyman, who has recently made the controversial decision to sign a treaty between the U.S and USSR, ending the Cold War effectively. Popular military head, General James Scott (Lancaster) doesn’t agree with that deal, and his right hand man, Colonel Jiggs Casey (Douglas) discovers a plot led by Scott to overthrow the government and claim leadership by force. Casey and the President, along with a handful of men he trusts, find that they have just mere days to hold off what would be the biggest military coup in history. Expertly written and performed. Director Frankenheimer is a master of the slow-burn thriller, and political intrigue as he proved with the masterpiece Manchurian Candidate. Enthralling. Intelligent. Masterful.