Twilight's Last Gleaming


2h 26m 1977

Brief Synopsis

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 revels details of a secret meeting held just after the start of the Vietnam War between Dell and the then President's most trusted advisors.

Film Details

Also Known As
Das Ultimatum, Nuclear Countdown, Ultimatum, Das
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1977

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 26m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

U. S. Air Force general Lawrence Dell escapes from a military prison and takes over a missile silo near Montana. Dell believes that the real reason for United States' involvement in Vietnam has never been told, and threatens to launch the weapons and start World War III unless the president reveals the truth.

Film Details

Also Known As
Das Ultimatum, Nuclear Countdown, Ultimatum, Das
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1977

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 26m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Quotes

There are no midgets in the military.
- Lawrence Dell
If you don't give me what I want, I'll light up the fucking sky!"
- Lawrence Dell

Trivia

The secret policy is closely based on the 1957 book "Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy" by Henry Kissinger in which the future Secretary of State outlines a strategy committing the US to promoting regional conflicts to deter the Soviets initiating full scale war.

Vera Miles role as the First Lady was deleted from the print released in cinemas

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1977

Released in United States 1994

Released in United States 1977

Released in United States 1994 (Shown in New York City (Walter Reade) as part of program "Apocalypse Anytime! The Films of Robert Aldrich" March 11 - April 8, 1994.)