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Twilight’s Last Gleaming (1977)

twilightslastgleaming_002Renegade USAF general Lawrence Dell (Burt Lancaster) escapes from a military prison with the help of three other inmates, takes over nine nuclear missiles in an ICBM base near Montana, and threatens to provoke World War III unless the President (Charles Durning) reveals details of a secret meeting held just after the start of the Vietnam war between Dell and the then President’s most trusted advisors.

The Allied Artists/Lorimar release was too political and too long (146 minutes) for some, but is one of director Robert Aldrich’s finest.

It was partially shot in Bavaria. Jerry Goldsmith provided the score.

General Lawrence Dell
Burt Lancaster
James Forrest
Roscoe Lee Browne
Secretary of State Arthur Renfrew
Joseph Cotten
Zachariah Guthrie
Melvyn Douglas
President David T. Stevens
Charles Durning
Captain Stanford Towne
Richard Jaeckel
Attorney General William Klinger
William Marshall
Brigadier General O’Rourke
Gerald S. O’Loughlin
General Martin MacKenzie
Richard Widmark
Willis Powell
Paul Winfield
Augie Garvas
Burt Young
Charles Aidman
CIA Director Ralph Whittaker
Leif Erickson
Air Force General Peter Crane
Charles McGraw
First Lieutenant Louis Cannellis
Morgan Paull
General Phil Spencer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Simon Scott
William Smith
Major Fox
Ed Bishop
Captain Jackson
Gary Cockrell
General Stonesifer
Don Fellows

Robert Aldrich