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Twilight's Last Gleaming [Blu-ray]
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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.
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.
WOULD SOME STUDIO PLEASE RELEASE THIS FILM ON DVD. THOSE IN THE KNOW ARE WAITING.
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.
Like many of the political films from the 1960s and 70s “Twilight’s Last Gleaming” with a leftish attitude, has an almost 1930ish Frank Capraesque populist belief in the inherent goodness of the American people, no matter how rotten its institutions (particularly the military) may have become. The animating idea is that everything can be set right in America again, if only the Truth were allowed to see the light of day. This can produce a certain earnestness, if naivete, that seems quaint today. On the other hand, unlike many so-called political TV shows and movies today (and even our political debate) these movies were not afraid to take a definite stand, even at the risk of alienating potential ticket buyers. Nor do they share todays “Blame the policymakers but not the soldiers” platitudes when it comes to controversial military actions.Read more ›
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interesting take on the vietnam war. movie is worth watching.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Some of the acting is good and the same can be said for the musical score by Jerry Goldsmith. The rest of the movie is garbage. Plot? Not realistic at all for a serious movie. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Daniel Thomas
I liked this movie a lot, good drama, fair amount of action involved, and political intriguePublished 24 days ago by Alan McCormick
Purchased for my husband, who had seen the movie many years ago. Enjoyed it!Published 25 days ago by Former fine jewelery sales specialist
OMG, too real, at least back when it was made. A close friend said he saw it in the theater as a kid, and hoped Lancaster would push the button to launch. Read morePublished 3 months ago by AlchemystAZ