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Twilight's Last Gleaming [Blu-ray] (1977)

Burt Lancaster , Richard Widmark , Robert Aldrich  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Charles Durning, Paul Winfield, Burt Young
  • Directors: Robert Aldrich
  • Writers: Walter Wager
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,683 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Legendary director Robert Aldrich (The Dirty Dozen) delivers a nail-biting thriller starring screen legend Burt Lancaster (The Professionals) in an unforgettable performance as Lawrence Dell, a highly decorated US Air Force Colonel who escaped for a military prison and with the help of three other convicts (Paul Winfield, Burt Young, William Smith). The four men take over a nuclear base and hold America hostage. This fully restored director's cut was re-mastered by the Bavaria Film Studios. The stellar cast includes Richard Widmark, Joseph Cotten, Melvyn Douglas and Charles Durning as the American President.

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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There are some political thrillers that become "classics" ("The Manchurian Candidate," "Seven Days in May," and "Fail Safe," for example) while others fade into obscurity. "Twilight's Last Gleaming," unfortunately, falls into the latter category, although it deserves wider recognition and viewership.

Burt Lancaster portrays a looney general determined to right a wrong committed by the U.S. government: reveal the real reason behind the War in Vietnam and America's cover-up of this vital information. Commanding three fellow "terrorists" (Burt Young, Paul Winfield, and William Smith), Lancaster takes over a missile silo with the intention of launching it if the government doesn't "fess up" to the American public.

Richard Widmark also portrays a general that must thwart Lancaster's efforts. Charles Dunning is a beleagured President that must decide whether it is essential for the country's future if the information is revealed. His Cabinet is made up of familiar character actors Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Leif Ericson, William Marshall, Charles McGraw, Simon Scott, Joseph Cotten, and Melvin Douglas.

The tension is high in this superior thriller, aided by a stunning Jerry Goldsmith score, split-screen camerawork, and tight direction from Robert Aldrich.

The shocking ending makes this a film deserving of discovery.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MILITARY THRILLER THAT SHOULD BE ON DVD August 27, 2006
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I saw this picture with my father in the theater. Now I could kick myself for not buying it on video. This picture was probably lumped in with male/ testosterone action flicks and over looked by the public at the box office. The movie is a cat and mouse thriller with Burt Lancaster grabbing the White Houses' attention by controlling a missle silo/bunker complex. As a former Air Force General with high security clearance, he knows how to complete the mission. The film is a study on why a decorated General threatens to start WW III.

On the opposite side of the fence lies the President, played by Charles Durning whose aim is to stop him. The supporting actors are outstanding on all accounts, Richard Widmark, Paul Winfield, Burt Young, Melvin Douglas, to name a few. The actors making up the presidents cabinet are outstanding. The cabinet/advisors must decide- is the General a mad man or can he pull off his threat of missle launch. What is his agenda?

The suspense builds thru the picture, can a missle launch be aborted by negotiation, stealth, or brute force. The ending is a shocker, uncompromising, a statement on what happens in a political chess match. The military advisor tells the president, the buck stops here.... you are responsible, even for past transgressions from a previous presidency.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rarely seen, tense-filled political thriller April 6, 2004
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I must be one of the few that thoroughly enjoyed this film from 1977. Burt Lancaster leads a team of disgruntled vets (Burt Young, Paul Winfield, and William Smith) on an assault on a missile silo, overcoming the personnel and, eventually, obtaining launch control. With his hands on the trigger of a Titan missile, former (and slightly deranged) General Dell (Lancaster) wants the President (Charles Durning) and his Cabinet to issue a statement admitting negligence in the involvement in the Viet Nam conflict. Such release would be devastating to the nation; thus Durning and company try to devise a plan to satisfy Dell, protect the integrity of the government, and not start a nuclear war.
A tense game of cat-and-mouse erupts between Lancaster, Durning, and Richard Widmark as the general in charge of "taking" Lancaster and friends.
Great performances from the principals abound; the film also features several veteran character actors in small supporting roles: Joseph Cotten, Leif Ericson, Charles McGraw, and William Marshall.
An effective Jerry Goldsmith score adds immensely to the unfolding drama.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!!! August 11, 2012
I don't believe it!!! Been waiting for this one for a long, long time.
A fascinating thriller starring Burt Lancaster as renegade General Lawrence Dell who escapes from a military prison and hijacks an ICBM silo with three compatriots played by Burt Young, Paul Winfield and William Smith. Their demands: 10 million dollars, Air Force One, and a hostage, the President.
An exciting political thriller from start to finish. This is a movie you can't miss. Richard Widmark and Charles Durning are just a few others in this stellar cast with great performances all around.
This is the movies first release on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States so hopefully it will be a good transfer. Previous versions have been released in Brazil but quality was equivalent to a VHS tape.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Blu-Ray Quality April 13, 2014
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This review is for the Blu-Ray version of the movie. I have several cold war and military movie favorites I have been waiting to come out in Blu-Ray and this is one of them. I’m always leery of older movies being brought to Blu-Ray because the quality isn’t always good. However, the high definition quality of this movie was incredible as was the sound. Very happy I purchased this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I LOVE(d) THIS MOVIE! I saw this movie "Twlight's Last Gleaming" in the theatre (United Artists, Theatre # 1, Sunrise Mall, Massapequa, NY) when first came out in 1977, AND LOVED IT! It is exciting! Due to the actors involved, the director, the quick cuts / editing, the music, and especially because of the split-screen, which makes it exciting, and keeps you riveted, and helps the tension build! I do own the laserdisc, but it is on 3 sides (2 discs), and what gets me: on the second side, there is a flaw on the disc, making it "stop" while playing!, and having "wiggly" lines before stopping, freezing (if anyone owns laserdiscs, you should know what I am talking about). THAT is one of the reasons why we need a DVD.... NOW! And since it got lost when it was in the theatres (that is, it bombed), Hollywood SHOULD release it on DVD! PLEASE Hollywood, listen to your public: RELEASE IT ON DVD! STOP re-releasing the same movies 2 and 3 times, in all different "shapes and sizes", that is, re-releasing the same movies in all different editions (like SPECIAL EDITION, DIRECTORS CUT, COMMEMORATIVE EDITION, COLLECTORS EDITION, etc.!) RELEASE "NEW" (old, classic) MOVIES! Introduce people, the public, especially the young(er) ones to "old" classic movies, which stood for entertainment, instead of the modern, new Hollywood mindless "junk" which Hollywood keeps churning out! We should all write to the studio, and also to companies like ANCHOR BAY, which usually listens to the public, and puts out these type movies on DVD! And they put out Special Editions also! Thanks, and by the way, I am Liz' husband Paul writing this, under her sn; she allowed me. (By the way, I met Charles Durning, at Kennedy Airport in New York, back in 1983 or 1984; nice guy, short). -PAUL 9MAY2007
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Burt Lancaster was good, but I preferred Go Tell The Spartans and 7 Days in May
Published 26 days ago by Scorpio Aron G
1.0 out of 5 stars Nuke this baby!
It's a towering, over-long piece of cinematic crapola starring two of Hollywood's biggest political liberal actors of the period—Burt Lancaster and Richard Widmark! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Morbius
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie.
Another 'edge of seat thriller' Lancaster does a great job playing the crazy General and a nice story.
Published 2 months ago by Hawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine old Burt Lancaster Action/Adventure
This is a great old fashioned 1970's action/adventure with excellent acting, and very good sets. Sometimes, these days, one sees great emphasis on sets and plush cinematography at... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. G. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great item
Published 3 months ago by James A. Corten
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Excellent movie. Great actors. Believeable story line. Well done. A nice lazy afternoon movie to enjoy. Happy to add it to my collection.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Older Movie
I saw this when it came out in theaters. I seem to remember that it was better than it actually is. Captain Terrell (U.S.S. Reliant) has a bigger role in this one.
Published 4 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark & Charles Durning... Can't get better...
Lancaster plays a bad guy while Widmark plays the tough good guy (alegedly) with Charles Durning playing the President in this great suspense movie. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JF Schwarz
4.0 out of 5 stars the theme is a current concern
We all fear that some wacko might take control of a necular sillo and try to hold the country for hostage. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jackie Pike
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite
One of my favorites for many years. Burt Lancaster, Charles Durning and Richard Widmark. The making of the movie and the set in Germany is very interesting.
Published 5 months ago by allen scott
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