Seven Days in May

  • Directors: John Frankenheimer
  • Producers: John Frankenheimer, Edward Lewis
  • Writers: Novel, Fletcher Knebel, Charles W Bailey II, Screenplay, Rod Serling
  • Genres: Thriller, Drama
  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner, Edmond O Brien

The plot centers on the fictitious U.S. President Jordan Lyman (Fredric March). As the story begins, Lyman faces a wave of public dissatisfaction with his decision to sign a treaty with the Soviet Union, an agreement that will supposedly result in both nations simultaneously destroying their nuclear weapons under mutual international inspection. This is extremely unpopular with both the President’s opposition and the military, who believe the Soviets cannot be trusted.

As the debate over the treaty rages on, an alert and well-positioned Pentagon insider, United States Marine Corps Colonel Martin “Jiggs” Casey (Kirk Douglas) becomes aware of a conspiracy among the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) led by his own superior officer, the charismatic head of the JCS, Air Force General James Mattoon Scott (Burt Lancaster). As he digs deeper, he uncovers the conspiracy’s shocking goal: Scott and his cohorts, Colonel Broderick (John Larkin), Colonel Murdock (Richard Anderson), Gen. Hardesty (Tyler McVey), along with allies in the United States Congress led by Sen. Frederick Prentice (Whit Bissell) and influential members of the news media led by Harold McPherson (Hugh Marlowe), are plotting to stage a coup d’etat to remove President Lyman and his cabinet seven days hence.

Scott demands everyone stay in line. Lyman, however, discovers the confession that Girard obtained has survived the crash. A copy is given to Scott and the other officers who were in on the plot. Scott’s cohorts resign, and the plot of a military takeover is impossible now. The film ends with Lyman addressing the American people on the country’s future.

Hostage

  • Directors: John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar Wai, Guy Ritchie, John Woo, Joe Carnahan, Tony Scott
  • Producers: Robyn Boardman, Mary Ann Marino, Robert Van de Weteringe Buys, Jacky Pang Yee Wah, Tapas Blank, Arthur Anderson, Tony McGarry, Leon Corcos, David Mitchell, Angelica De Leon, Nicole Dionne, Aristides McGarry, David Fincher, Philip Steuer, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Jules Daly, Brian DiLorenzo
  • Writers: Andrew Kevin Walker, David Carter, Joe Sweet, Guy Ritchie, Guillermo Arriaga, Greg Hahn, Vincent Ngo, Joe Carnahan
  • Genres: Short, Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Clive Owen, Tomas Milian, Mason Lee, Forest Whitaker, Mickey Rourke, Adriana Lima, Madonna, Lois Smith, Maury Chaykin, Kathryn Morris, Don Cheadle, F Murray Abraham, Clifton Powell, Gary Oldman, James Brown, Danny Trejo, Marilyn Manson

The plots of each of the films differ, but one constant remains: Clive Owen plays “The Driver”, a man who goes from place to place (in presumably rented BMW automobiles), getting hired by various people to be a sort of transport for their vital needs.

Star

  • Directors: John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar Wai, Guy Ritchie, John Woo, Joe Carnahan, Tony Scott
  • Producers: Robyn Boardman, Mary Ann Marino, Robert Van de Weteringe Buys, Jacky Pang Yee Wah, Tapas Blank, Arthur Anderson, Tony McGarry, Leon Corcos, David Mitchell, Angelica De Leon, Nicole Dionne, Aristides McGarry, David Fincher, Philip Steuer, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Jules Daly, Brian DiLorenzo
  • Writers: Andrew Kevin Walker, David Carter, Joe Sweet, Guy Ritchie, Guillermo Arriaga, Greg Hahn, Vincent Ngo, Joe Carnahan
  • Genres: Action, Short, Comedy
  • Actors: Clive Owen, Tomas Milian, Mason Lee, Forest Whitaker, Mickey Rourke, Adriana Lima, Madonna, Lois Smith, Maury Chaykin, Kathryn Morris, Don Cheadle, F Murray Abraham, Clifton Powell, Gary Oldman, James Brown, Danny Trejo, Marilyn Manson

The plots of each of the films differ, but one constant remains: Clive Owen plays “The Driver”, a man who goes from place to place (in presumably rented BMW automobiles), getting hired by various people to be a sort of transport for their vital needs.

The Manchurian Candidate

  • Directors: John Frankenheimer
  • Producers: George Axelrod, John Frankenheimer
  • Writers: Richard Condon, George Axelrod
  • Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

During the Korean War the Soviets kidnap an American infantry patrol and take them to Manchuria, in Communist China. There, the Communists (Russian, Chinese and North Korean) implant false memories in the soldiers’ minds to cover the kidnapping, and to provide a subconscious trigger in the mind of one soldier, Staff Sergeant Raymond Shaw. Brainwashed, the soldiers are covertly returned to their lines and, after reintegration into American society, unaware of what they went through.

As part of the process, Captain (later Major) Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra), Sgt. Shaw (Laurence Harvey) and the rest of the platoon believe their lives were saved in combat by Shaw, for which he is awarded the Medal of Honor. Also, when asked to describe him, each of his fellow soldiers automatically says: “Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.” Privately, however, they know that Shaw is a cold, sad, unsociable loner. As Marco puts it: “It isn’t as if Raymond’s hard to like. He’s impossible to like!”

After the war, Marco suffers a recurring nightmare: a hypnotized Shaw kills two of his platoon before the assembled Soviet, Chinese and North Korean brass while watching a practical demonstration of the Communist brainwashing technique. He wants to investigate, but receives no support from Army Intelligence, for whom he currently works, because he has no proof. This changes when he learns that another soldier from the platoon has been suffering the same nightmare and has identified the same specific Communists. Deciding that this is too much of a coincidence, Army Intelligence agrees to set up a task force to look into the matter.

Marco’s attempt to free Raymond from Mrs. Iselin’s control appears to fail. Raymond enters the convention hall and takes up a position to carry out the assassination. When the moment comes, however, he takes his revenge by killing his stepfather and mother instead. He then commits suicide while wearing his Medal of Honor.