Thirteen Days

Thirteen Days

Roger Donaldson (2000)

139min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

Fact-based drama covering the events of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, when the US and Soviet Union confronted each other with nuclear arsenals primed. An American spy plane observes the Russians installing ballistic missiles in Cuba - and over the next 13 days mind games are played out in Washington amid unbearable tension, as President Kennedy comes into conflict with the warmongering military. Starring Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood and Steven Culp.

Cast & 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
Director Roger Donaldson
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Guidance: Contains swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 16 Mar 2001

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