Cinema: Political Thriller

Seven Days in May is more farfetched than a campaign promise. But if the audience once accepts its patently fictional view of Washington—as a city teeming with traitorous Congressmen, TV commentators and four-star generals—there is plenty of excitement to be had in this political thriller based on the novel by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II.

A nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia has been signed, and a line of angry pickets moves in front of the White House, waving placards demanding: "DON'T BAN THE BOMB, BAN THE TREATY!" But supporters of the treaty are picketing the pickets. The demonstrators start to...

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