DIRECTORDonaldson, Roger
TITLEThirteen Days
DISTRIBUTORNew Line Cinema
ISBN078063411X
DATE PUBLISHED2000
RUNNING TIME147 minutes


This film is a docudrama portraying the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. It opens on the day a U2 airplane of the United States spotted missiles in Cuba and ends with the resolution of the crisis thirteen days later. The story is shown from the perspectives of President John F. Kennedy, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and Special Assistant to the President Kenneth P. O’Donnell. Those three needed to keep the military from forcing them into a confrontation that could lead to nuclear war while also strategizing an alternative to get the nuclear missiles out of Cuba. The film focuses throughout on how close the United States and the Soviet Union came to a nuclear war during the crisis. In addition to the usual features associated with a film, the DVD version also contains short biographies of leaders John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, and Fidel Castro, commentaries by participants and historians, and 48 minutes of historical background.


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