Thirteen Days

  • 12
  • Roger Donaldson (2000)
  • US
  • 139 min
Thirteen Days
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

The Cuban Missile Crisis - a key event in the Kennedy presidency - is brought to life in this fascinating drama starring Kevin Costner and directed by Roger Donaldson (who also collaborated on the thriller No Way Out). In October 1962, President John F Kennedy (a mesmerising performance by Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood) was faced with the prospect of a nuclear showdown, following the discovery of Soviet missile bases in Cuba. Costner, who played district attorney Jim Garrison in JFK, is superb as Kenny O'Donnell, a real-life adviser to the President. Part history lesson and part political drama, Donaldson's film is surprisingly gripping and powerful, despite the essentially static nature of the story. Although the outcome of the crisis isn't in doubt, this is mesmerising viewing, featuring superb performances from an ensemble cast that also includes Steven Culp as attorney general Robert Kennedy.

Plot Summary

Historical drama starring Kevin Costner. October 1962: a US spy plane gathers intelligence of Russian missiles based in Cuba, just 90 miles off the Florida coast. When the photos are given to President John F Kennedy, he and his advisers are forced into a course of action that will bring the world perilously close to the brink of war.

Cast and crew


Kenny O'Donnell
Kevin Costner
John F Kennedy
Bruce Greenwood
Robert F Kennedy
Steven Culp
Robert McNamara
Dylan Baker
Adlai Stevenson
Michael Fairman
Dean Rusk
Henry Strozier
McGeorge Bundy
Frank Wood
General Curtis LeMay
Kevin Conway
Ted Sorensen
Tim Kelleher
Dean Acheson
Len Cariou


Roger Donaldson

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Contains swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 16 Mar 2001
Certificate 12