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Thirteen Days

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 Written by
David Self Screenplay

 Directed by
Roger Donaldson

The story of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962—the nuclear standoff with the USSR sparked by the discovery by the Americans of missile bases established on the Soviet-allied island of Cuba.


 Release Date
December 24, 2000

2 hours and 25 minutes (145 minutes)

Shawn Driscoll
  U-2 Pilot
Kevin Costner
  Kenneth O'Donnell
Drake Cook
  Mark O'Donnell
Lucinda Jenney
  Helen O'Donnell
Caitlin Wachs
  Kathy O'Donnell
Jon Foster
  Kenny O'Donnell, Jr.
Matthew Dunn
  Kevin O'Donnell
Kevin O'Donnell
  NPIC Photo Interpreter
Janet Coleman
  Evelyn Lincoln
Bruce Thomas
Stephanie Romanov
  Jacqueline Kennedy
Bruce Greenwood
  John F. Kennedy
Frank Wood
  McGeorge Bundy
Dakin Matthews
  Arthur Lundahl
Liz Sinclair
  Kenny's Assistant #1
Colette O'Connell
  Kenny's Assistant #2
Karen Ludwig
  Operator Margaret
Marliese Schneider
  White House Operator #2
Steven Culp
  Robert F. Kennedy
Dylan Baker
  Robert McNamara
Bill Smitrovich
  Gen. Maxwell Taylor
Henry Strozier
  Dean Rusk
Ed Lauter
  Gen. Marshall Carter
Michael Fairman
  Adlai Stevenson

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By Jack Anderson on September 8, 2019

October 1962.
Thirteen days. Thirteen days that could have changed the world forever. Following World War II, the Soviet Union was stronger than ever, becoming so powerful that this led to the Cold War. Castro took Cuba and the US tried to train some Cuban exiles to take over Cuba in the Bay of Pigs. This led to a disaster. Fast-forward two years, the Soviet Union implements missiles in Cuba, that could strike any city in the United States.

The movie starts with the U2 secret plane, taking photos of the missiles. From that moment, we get to witness one of the most crucial moment in the history of our Planet, with the two major world-powers on the brink of a nuclear war. We’ve never been so close to World War III.

The movie uses Special Assistant to the President Kenny O’Donnell to give us a perspective on the events.

The movie uses black and white images throughout the film. The only problem is that it doesn’t show a dedicated purpose. I would even say that it shows us how better the film could have been if shot in black and white entirely.

In a way, Thirteen Days is a prequel to JFK. And ironically, both movies have Kevin Costner as the lead role. While it may feel redundant, I think it worked very well.

I give it 7 out of 10. An excellent depiction of those fateful events that marked History forever.

John Chard

The art of political film making in all its glory.

"Communicate with the Soviets? We can't communicate with the Pentagon - and it's just across the goddamn river!"

October 1962, for 13 days the American government fought to avert a nuclear war when it was discovered that the Soviet Union had deployed nuclear missiles in Cuba. This is that story.

Many superlatives can be chucked at Thirteen Days, and all are viable. In simple terms it's an intelligent and gripping political thriller, superbly scripted and performed by a cast firing on all cylinders. It's a treat to find a film of this type that educates while it pitches you into a world of political intrigue, to provoke real life thoughts even as the suspense takes a hold. Yes it's talky, of course it is, but these conversations are real and riveting. And while there's not a duff performance in the acting pack, Bruce Greenwood deserves special praise. He is the leader, the fulcrum, there's not a false note by him, JFK becoming the role he was born to play.

Superlatives were invented for films like Thirteen Days. Assuredly so. 9.5/10


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