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4.0 out of 5 stars A remake of Seven Days in May (1964)
The story was adjusted a little from the book "Seven Days in May" by Fletcher Knebel to accommodate the media; however the essence of the story is still there.

We are not out of the woods today. Anyway the President William Foster (Sam Waterston) is planning a disarmament treaty. Everyone knows including the president that the Soviets never keep a promise. How...
Published on 16 Sept. 2001 by bernie

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1.0 out of 5 stars A poor remake
I have to beg to differ from the other reviewers here.

Having seen the original film *and* read the book, I was expecting another techno-thriller professionally and competently done for HBO with the same high standards seen in 'Citizen X', 'The Pentagon Wars', and 'By Dawn's Early Light'.

Not so.

This is a excruciatingly slow-paced film,...
Published on 1 Oct. 2012 by Paul T Horgan


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A remake of Seven Days in May (1964), 16 Sept. 2001
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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The story was adjusted a little from the book "Seven Days in May" by Fletcher Knebel to accommodate the media; however the essence of the story is still there.

We are not out of the woods today. Anyway the President William Foster (Sam Waterston) is planning a disarmament treaty. Everyone knows including the president that the Soviets never keep a promise. How ever something has to be done and the President thinks he has a workable plan. Openly opposed to the plan is General R. Pendleton Lloyd (Jason Robards) sot of a Douglas Macarthur of his time. Being opposed is one thing; however the constitution leaves only one way to handle this situation (the election). Yea right. Colonel MacKenzie 'Mac' Casey (Forest Whitaker), Lloyd's right hand man gets suspicious. He thinks Lloyd is planning "Yea right" for real and brings this suspicion to the Whitehouse.

As the story unfolds is the threat real and if so what can be done about it? Whose side are you on? If you were Mac working for a great General and a good friend, what would you do? Where should loyalty lay? If the president relied on blackmail, would he be any better then the opposition? How would the Soviets react to a military take over in the US?

This is a very good remake of "Seven Days in May" (1964).

It goes to show that the theme even thought it was conceived during the cold war that it is still timeless. They did not distract from the script trying to be politically correct. It is wroth watching both versions.

OK let's face the real question this movie poses. Does the end justify the means? Or is the end the results of the means?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Thriller with a Political Twist, 26 Dec. 2000
An unusual thriller. The military chiefs within The Pentagon fearing a loss of men & equipment with a world now more peaceful, set about making sure their influence and power will not be diminished. Even if this means bringing down a President. Will Colonel Casey (played brilliantly by Forest Whitaker)convince the Oval Office that The Pentagon are ready to take over? Or will no-one listen to a low ranking officer that his superiors are not just playing when it comes to 'Operation Slam Dunk'. With a superb supporting cast including Dana Delaney and Sam Waterston. This is a film that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remake of Seven Days in May (1964), 22 Oct. 2002
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Enemy Within [DVD] (DVD)
The story was adjusted a little from the book "Seven Days in May" by Fletcher Knebel to accommodate the media; however the essence of the story is still there.

We are not out of the woods today. Anyway the President William Foster (Sam Waterston) is planning a disarmament treaty. Everyone knows including the president that the Soviets never keep a promise. How ever something has to be done and the President thinks he has a workable plan. Openly opposed to the plan is General R. Pendleton Lloyd (Jason Robards) sot of a Douglas Macarthur of his time. Being opposed is one thing; however the constitution leaves only one way to handle this situation (the election). Yea right. Colonel MacKenzie 'Mac' Casey (Forest Whitaker), Lloyd's right hand man gets suspicious. He thinks Lloyd is planning "Yea right" for real and brings this suspicion to the Whitehouse.

As the story unfolds is the threat real and if so what can be done about it? Whose side are you on? If you were Mac working for a great General and a good friend, what would you do? Where should loyalty lay? If the president relied on blackmail, would he be any better then the opposition? How would the Soviets react to a military take over in the US?

This is a very good remake of "Seven Days in May" (1964).

It goes to show that the theme even thought it was conceived during the cold war that it is still timeless. They did not distract from the script trying to be politically correct. It is wroth watching both versions.

OK let's face the real question this movie poses. Does the end justify the means? Or is the end the results of the means?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor remake, 1 Oct. 2012
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Paul T Horgan (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Enemy Within [DVD] (DVD)
I have to beg to differ from the other reviewers here.

Having seen the original film *and* read the book, I was expecting another techno-thriller professionally and competently done for HBO with the same high standards seen in 'Citizen X', 'The Pentagon Wars', and 'By Dawn's Early Light'.

Not so.

This is a excruciatingly slow-paced film, with an irrelevant subplot (delinquent son, worrying wife) and obvious padding. It is low-budget, but that is not excuse for making it shoddy. It seems less a work of art and more a job creation scheme. Waterston, Robards and Whitaker simply act by the numbers with no obvious direction. They seem to just have to speak their lines after clearly minimal rehearsal. Whitaker especially lacks direction and simply bumbles about the set in a particularly expressionless fashion. Clearly he went back to acting school to get his Oscar. Waterston at least tries to break out of Jack McCoy by using a soft Southern accent and being less assertive, when this trait would be necessary in facing down a soldier bent on getting his job. And surely *everyone* in the White House would be intimately aware of the 25th amendment without having to look it up in a book. Hitting the books to look for it is so cheap, it could have been revealed better if someone poked the clearly lazy scriptwriter with a large stick.

This looks like daytime TV fare, but is such a political plot really housewife material?

The concept, a military coup d'etat in the USA, so brilliantly portrayed by Frankenheimer, is here squandered.

Under no circumstances waste your money here (I got my copy for £1 in a charity store) or your valuable time and save your pennies and get the original film, which is so much better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 6 April 2014
This review is from: The Enemy Within (DVD)
Until the speech by Whitaker, right at the end, I was bored with this poorly made, shoddily acted, godawful film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, 8 May 2014
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Mills Robert Coleman Jr. "Robert" (Huntsville, AL) - See all my reviews
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Although not a remake of Rod Serling's script for me the movie Seven Days in May, this movie and the for mentioned have a lot in common. Both are great movies. I recommend both, The Enemy Within and Seven Days in May. Both have solid scripts, great casts, and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Enemy within, 1 Jun. 2013
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A poor remake of a classic film - '7 days in May'. Not recommended for purchase regardless of the small cost!
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