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Thirteen Days

(DVD - 2001)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Thirteen Days
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Oct. 1962, for thirteen extraordinary days the world stood on the brink of destruction. Krushchev wouldn't back down, President Kennedy wouldn't give in. Inspired by the real-life events that took place in the Kennedy White House.
Publisher: [United States] : New Line Home Entertainment, [2001], c2000
ISBN: 078063411X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (142 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Alternate Title: Kennedy tapes
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Feb 05, 2014
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very well done dramatization of the Cuban Missile Crisis, from the point of view of the interior of the White House, with a senior aide to the President (played by Kevin Costner) as the touchstone character. The story drives up the tension like a slow burner as the administration faces what might be the final crisis and a nuclear war, and the difficult choices between diplomacy and military action. The director Roger Donaldson does outstanding work with this film as he maintains suspense even though the audience knows what happened, and the actors are well cast in their roles, including many Hollywood character actors.

Jan 03, 2013
  • Raun rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

agree with previous reviewers. I learned a bit of history that happened with I was a tot. The presentation was very pro-Kennedy but still a worthwhile rendering of events. A good movie.

Oct 12, 2011
  • Sunnchilde rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This story illustrates how difficult and delicate the presidency is. Dealing with other nations, especially hostile ones is a chess game. It's too easy to say "They did this? Then we'll do THAT." No. Because in reality what happens is they do this and then you do that, then they do another thing, which you have to counter and then they double down and then you triple down and then they do X. That thing which you cannot allow. And now you're in an intractable position. You're committed. And they're committed. And now it may mean war. And you'll wish you'd been a lot more flexible when this whole nightmare first happened.

well done although it would have been nice to have used more original footage

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Jul 02, 2011
  • Sunnchilde rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"It shall be the policy of this Nation, that any missile launched from that embattled island, against any country in the northern hemisphere, will be considered an attack, on the United States by the Soviet Union and will require a full retaliatory response."

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