DIRECTORPage, Anthony
TITLEThe Missiles of October
RUNNING TIME150 minutes

This film dramatizes the 13 days of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 when the world appeared poised on the brink of nuclear destruction. It begins with the discovery by the United States of Soviet nuclear missiles on Cuba through spy plane photographs, and it details the possible responses discussed, such as an air strike, invasion, or blockade. After showing the decision for a blockade of Cuba, the film follows the Soviet reaction and the steps taken on both sides to avoid a nuclear war. Based on historical documents available in the early 1970s, the film focuses on conversations and planning among the main figures who played important roles in the crisis, including the Americans: President John Kennedy, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and United Nations Ambassador Adlai Stevenson; and the Soviets: Premier Nikita Khrushchev, Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, and U.S. Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin. While not having access to the documents available later to the producers of the film from 2000, Thirteen Days, the director presents a straightforward, hard hitting portrayal of the crisis.

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