Thirteen DaysDirector: Roger Donaldson
Director Roger Donaldson teams up with star Kevin Costner for another political thriller (after their 1987 pairing, No Way Out), only this time with a film based on the actual events surrounding the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, taking place during the titular thirteen days wherein the U.S. and the Soviet Union nearly engaged in full-scale nuclear war. After President John F. Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood) is shown photographs from a spy plane detailing the presence of missiles in Cuba capable of obliterating massive areas of the U.S., he must immediately decide the most effective course of action for the country. With the aid of best friend and special assistant Kenny O'Donnell (Kevin Costner) and brother Robert (Steven Culp), the President must avoid a dire chain of events that could be dictated by General Curtis LeMay (Kevin Conway), who would rather take immediate action and invade Cuba. After initial reticence about leaking the information to the nation, President Kennedy eventually tells of the conflict, leading to widespread panic and a blockade of Cuba. With the aid of Robert McNamara (Dylan Baker) and Adlai Stevenson (Michael Fairman), the leaders must find a way to alleviate the tension of the situation. Thirteen Days also features Walter Adrian as Lyndon Johnson.
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Cast & Crew
|Kevin Costner||Kenneth P. O'Donnell|
|Bruce Greenwood||John F. Kennedy|
|Steven Culp||Robert F. Kennedy|
|Dylan Baker||Robert McNamara|
|Michael Fairman||Adlai Stevenson|
|Henry Strozier||Dean Rusk|
|Frank Wood||McGeorge Bundy|
|Kevin Conway||Gen. Curtis LeMay|
|Tim Kelleher||Ted Sorensen|
|Len Cariou||Dean Acheson|
|Bill Smitrovich||Gen. Maxwell Taylor|
|Dakin Matthews||Arthur Lundahl|
|Madison Mason||Adm. George Anderson|
|Christopher Lawford||Cmdr. William B. Ecker|
|Ed Lauter||Gen. Marshall Carter|
|Elya Baskin||Anatoly Dobrinyn|
|Boris Krutonog||Alexander Fomin|
|Peter White||John McCone|
|James Karen||George Ball|
|Olek Krupa||Andrei Gromyko|
|Lucinda Jenney||Helen O'Donnell|
|Oleg Vidov||Valerian Zorin|
|Stephanie Romanov||Jacqueline Kennedy|
|Marc Abraham||Executive Producer|
|Peter O. Almond||Producer|
|Thomas A. Bliss||Executive Producer|
|Michael De Luca||Executive Producer|
|Richard Bryce Goodman||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Ann Harris||Art Director|
|Ilona Herzberg||Executive Producer|
|Robert Huberman||Asst. Director|
|Trevor Jones||Score Composer|
|Nancy Mickelberry||Set Decoration/Design|
|Isis Mussenden||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Denise Pizzini||Set Decoration/Design|
|Julie Ray||Set Decoration/Design|
|Staci A. Silva||Associate Producer|
|Tom Taylor||Art Director|
|Dennis Washington||Production Designer|
|Don Woodruff||Set Decoration/Design|
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The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 was a tragic point in United States history. The country was the closest it has ever been to the brink of nuclear war. President Kennedy, the youngest President ever, was in office. The country’s safety lied in his hands. Thirteen Days, referring to the amount of time from the day Kennedy saw the photographs of deadly missiles on the island of Cuba to the time the crisis was resolved quite accurately followed history, showing President Kennedy’s executive committee (ExComm) diligently working to figure out the best option for action. Kennedy wanted to sacrifice the least amount of lives as possible, yet wanted to successfully remove the missiles from the island only 90 miles away. The administration had three main options: invade the island, launch air strikes, or set up a naval blockade. The film depicts how the country’s leaders felt during this tough period in time, and how nerve-wracking the entire situation was. Thirteen Days accurately shows the trials the country faced, the ships setting up the naval blockade, and the actions of the President in making sure the blockade executed its purpose properly. The movie was a very pleasing portrayal of the past (complete with an accurate setting and brilliant costume design)--one every history major will love. Even though some of the language and misuses of God's name could be omitted, it very suitably shows America in one of the biggest ordeals it has ever faced.
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''Thirteen Days'' is a complex, intelligent, fascinating movie with edge-of-your-seat suspense throughout. It takes you right into the oval office and the Pentagon during the Cuban Missile Crisis when only the courage and leadership of a handful of men kept the world from nuclear war. This thriller, expertly directed by Roger Donaldson, has some top-notch performances by Bruce Greenwood and Steven Culp as JFK and RFK, and by Kevin Costner as Kenny O'Donnell. This is the kind of intense powerful drama that's almost unheard of these days, and the producers deserve a great deal of credit for bringing it to the screen. If you missed it in the theater, be sure to catch it on DVD. It's amazing.
Among the compelling features of this docu-drama are performers whose physical mannerisms and demeanor resemble those of the actual participants so closely that for those of us old enough to remember the events as they happened, the film is absolutely convincing and conveys a distinct and chilling sense of deja-vu. Another compelling feature is the ''InfiniFilm'' documentary footnotes that may be displayed at the bottom of the screen from time to time. Selection of a footnote displays a short subject that expands on the events being portrayed with archival footage and commentary from historians, witnesses, and participants. This DVD is not only entertainment, but also a valuable and thoroughly engaging historical record of a time more dangerous than most of us realized. Don't miss this one!
While informative of the event's during the Cuban Missile Crises, this movie keeps you on the edge of your seat. Be sure to see it.
This is surely one of the best movies I have seen! Outstanding performances by all the actors.
This movie is fantastic. Having been in the Marine Corps and seeing Guantanamo Bay, Cuba immediately after this ''Quarantine'', it brings to light the many decisions that must be made by our president in times of crisis. This would be a great movie for people to see today for an insite into what is going on in the oval office in regard to our current situation with Iraq. Great! Everyone should enjoy it.