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Plot: A U.S. Army colonel alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.
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Marvelously low-key suspense thriller.
Perhaps one of the most genuinely suspenseful films every made, this paranoic film should be seen in conjunction with its natural brethren, “The Parallax View” and “The Manchurian Candidate” (which is also directed by John Frankenheimer).
The film’s strength lies in a group of superb performance — Burt Lancaster as the ramrod-stiff and egomaniacal general bent on saving the United States by planning the overthrow of the government; Kirk Douglas as his senior staff officer, who only gradually realizes what his boss is planning and just how dangerous he is; Fredric March as the world-weary President; and especially Edmond O’Brien as the souse of a Senator who, like March, demonstrates the kind of ingenuity and resolve that Lancaster and his co-conspirators assume they don’t possess. These performers, as well as a splendid supporting cast, make Rod Serling’s sometimes preachy dialogue seem completely real, and some of the scenes — notably the final face-off between March and Lancaster — seem on the verge of exploding.
Frankenheimer’s low-key direction feeds this tension, by allowing the dialogue and the situations do the work. Would-be filmmakers looking to specialize in thrillers should probably spend more time watching films like this than modern-day “thrillers” like “Enemy of the State” or “Conspiracy Theory” which rely more on violence than actual dramatic tension.
A pleasure to watch
I very much like this movie, and usually watch it when it crops up on cable, as it does quite frequently.
The primary message is dated: the prospect of a group of American generals plotting a coup d’etat is pretty remote at the present time, although it didn’t seem quite so far-fetched in the sixties. But the primary message is only one part of the film; there’s plenty more that has not dated one bit.
First, the moral questions raised by the plot. Should Kirk Douglas betray his general? That’s probably fairly easy to answer. But should he take up with the general’s mistress to see if he can get some dirt? Should he steal the general’s love letters from the general’s mistress? Should the President use them?
Second, the direction. The film is long, and there is no “action” in the sense in which that word is used nowadays; but the tension exists from the very beginning, and mounts relentlessly to the very end. This is the product of brilliant direction and editing.
Third, the acting and the script, which I’ll put together. The dialogue is succinct and clear, and the actors do it full justice. I don’t think there’s a poor performance to be seen. Ava Gardener perhaps portrays her character as a little too fragile, but in the scene where she discovers Kirk Douglas going through her rubbish bin, she makes you sit up and take notice. Burt Lancaster is as brilliant as he always is. In short, the script makes the viewer really think about virtually every character, and every actor plays his or her part so as to make the viewer aware of all of the implications of the script.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 58 min (118 min)
Genre Drama, Thriller
Director John Frankenheimer
Writer Fletcher Knebel (novel), Charles W. Bailey II (novel), Rod Serling (screenplay)
Actors Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations.
Production Company Seven Arts Pictures, Joel Productions
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm