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|William Devane||John F. Kennedy|
|Howard Da Silva||Soviet Premier Krushev|
|Martin Sheen||Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy|
|Brian Eatwell||Production Designer|
|Laurence Rosenthal||Score Composer|
Posted October 1, 2010
This made for TV true historical drama about the Cuban Missile crisis is an exceptional piece of cinema. I found it far superior to the recent movie about the same event ''13 Days''. William Devane and Martin Sheen as John and Robert Kennedy are outstanding. The supporting cast led by Howard da Silva are also exceptional. The use of background narrative and actual dialog is seemlessly integrated into a fast paced and taut account of the crisis. Anyone who enjoys an intelligent well constructed drama will enjoy this movie. I would definitely rate this movie as one of the top five TV productions ever made.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
When ''The Missiles of October'' was first broadcast on ABC in 1974, it was widely celebrated by critics and viewers alike. The Los Angeles Times was so impressed, in fact, that they devoted a major editorial to it, encouraging viewers to watch. All that enthusiasm was well justified; ''The Missiles of October'' remains one of the most remarkable, and beautifully done, ''docu-dramas'' ever produced. It suffers only from the fact that since then additional historical documents have been released that, had they been available, doubtless would have compelled the producers to alter the script in some ways. (For example, resistence to Kennedy's handling of the crisis -- bordering on treason -- by U.S. military leaders was not fully recognized until much later. Likewise, it has only been in recent years that we've learned that Fidel Castro actually had full control over some short-range nuclear weapons; in 1962, and in 1974 when the movie was made, it was assumed that the Russians retained full control). Nonetheless, ''The Missiles of October'' remains one of the most gripping, and moving, accounts of the Cuban Missile Crisis you are likely to ever encounter. In particular, the film won great praise for the almost eerie success it had in capturing the appearance and behavior -- even small mannerisms -- of the real participants. An interesting exercise, by the way, is to first watch ''Thirteen Days,'' the Kevin Costner film about the same events, and then watch ''The Missiles of October.'' The Costner film has some excellent qualities, and the historical facts behind it are somewhat better simply for having been made later. It deals with John and Robert Kennedy's interactions with the military much more fully. But in the end, I think the made-for-TV film is superior overall.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.