Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
April 15, 2016 8:51 PM - Subscribe

A renegade USAF general, Lawrence Dell, escapes from a military prison and takes over an ICBM silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War 3 unless the President 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.

Chicago Reader: Aldrich is trying hard to say some deeply felt things about political morality, but the effect is less corrosive than his more generally pessimistic classic films noirs. Still, it's a gripping, angry film, well worth seeing despite its occasional lapses in subtlety.

TimeOut London: But praise to Aldrich for his no-nonsense direction, which fashions the material into a fairly riveting computer hardware thriller. His handling of the countdown - 'It stopped at 8. Next time they go!' - is sufficiently convincing for one to think that the film and everything else might end prematurely. Aldrich turns in a neat, professional job, and even his use of split-screen is unusually uncluttered.

NYTimes: “Twilight’s Last Gleaming” epitomized a paranoid, quintessentially ’70s moment in American history and imagination. As a thriller, it is a nerve-racking procedural. Its parallel strands of action shatter into two, three and four split-screens that observe the silo, the White House and the special-assault squads outside the missile base. All of this is enhanced by a raft of old-guard stars: Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Joseph Cotten, Melvyn Douglas.


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posted by MoonOrb (2 comments total)
The split screens were so jarring for me, but I forgive them because of all the other awesomeness packed into this movie. I loved Lancaster and Widmark as the ageing, Cold War-era military leaders since we're not too many years removed from seeing them headline great Cold War thrillers like Seven Days in May and The Bedford Incident.
posted by MoonOrb at 11:24 AM on April 16, 2016

Isn't it a missile silo IN Montana?
posted by davidmsc at 12:18 PM on April 16, 2016

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