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Thirteen Days

"You'll never believe how close we came."

PG-13 2000-12-25 History 2hr 25m

The story of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962—the nuclear standoff with the USSR sparked by the discovery by the Americans of missile bases established on the Soviet-allied island of Cuba.

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The story of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962—the nuclear standoff with the USSR sparked by the discovery by the Americans of missile bases established on the Soviet-allied island of Cuba.

  • Released
    2000-12-25
  • Revenue
    $34,566,746
  • Budget
    $80,000,000
  • Runtime
    2hr 25m
  • Genre
    History, Thriller
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English, Pусский
  • imdb-logo
    7.3
  • Production
    New Line Cinema, Beacon Communications, Beacon Pictures, Tig Productions, Buena Vista International, Hollywood Pictures

Crew

Roger Donaldson
Director
David Self
Screenplay
Kevin Costner
Producer

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Cast

Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner

Kenneth O'Donnell
Bruce Greenwood

Bruce Greenwood

John F. Kennedy
Steven Culp

Steven Culp

Robert F. Kennedy
Dylan Baker

Dylan Baker

Robert McNamara
Michael Fairman

Michael Fairman

Adlai Stevenson
Frank Wood

Frank Wood

McGeorge Bundy
Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Gen. Curtis LeMay
Tim Kelleher

Tim Kelleher

Ted Sorensen
Len Cariou

Len Cariou

Dean Acheson
Bill Smitrovich

Bill Smitrovich

Gen. Maxwell Taylor
Drake Cook

Drake Cook

Mark O'Donnell
Stephanie Romanov

Stephanie Romanov

Jacqueline Kennedy
Lucinda Jenney

Lucinda Jenney

Helen O'Donnell
Caitlin Wachs

Caitlin Wachs

Kathy O'Donnell
Jon Foster

Jon Foster

Kenny O'Donnell, Jr.
Matthew Dunn

Matthew Dunn

Kevin O'Donnell
Kevin O'Donnell

Kevin O'Donnell

NPIC Photo Interpreter
Janet Coleman

Janet Coleman

Evelyn Lincoln
Dakin Matthews

Dakin Matthews

Arthur Lundahl
Liz Sinclair

Liz Sinclair

Kenny's Assistant #1
Colette O'Connell

Colette O'Connell

Kenny's Assistant #2
Karen Ludwig

Karen Ludwig

Operator Margaret
Audrey Rapoport

Audrey Rapoport

White House Operator #1
Marliese Schneider

Marliese Schneider

White House Operator #2
Ed Lauter

Ed Lauter

Gen. Marshall Carter
Walter Adrian

Walter Adrian

Lyndon Johnson
James Karen

James Karen

George Ball
Dan Ziskie

Dan Ziskie

Gen. Walter 'Cam' Sweeney
Peter White

Peter White

John McCone
Kelly Connell

Kelly Connell

Pierre Salinger
Olek Krupa

Olek Krupa

Andrei Gromyko
Elya Baskin

Elya Baskin

Anotoly Dobrinyn
Timothy Jerome

Timothy Jerome

Journalist
Jack McGee

Jack McGee

Richard J. Daley
John Aylward

John Aylward

Orville Dryfoos
Madison Mason

Madison Mason

Adm. George Anderson
Vivien Straus

Vivien Straus

White House Aide
Christopher Lawford

Christopher Lawford

Cmdr. William B. Ecker
David O'Donnell

David O'Donnell

Lt. Bruce Wilhemy
Gene Del Bianco

Gene Del Bianco

Petty Officer
Daniel Vergara

Daniel Vergara

OAS Secretary General José A. Mora
Ruben Moreno

Ruben Moreno

Argentine Diplomat
Thomas Roberts

Thomas Roberts

Sonar Operator
Sean Bergin

Sean Bergin

Chief Sonarman
Alan Francis Sullivan

Alan Francis Sullivan

Executive Officer of USS Pierce
Robert Munstis

Robert Munstis

Radio Room Operator #1
Michael Gaston

Michael Gaston

Captain of USS Pierce
Joseph Repoff

Joseph Repoff

Radio Room Operator #2
J. Tucker Smith

J. Tucker Smith

Captain of USS Kennedy
Chris Henry Coffey

Chris Henry Coffey

Officer of Destroyer
Oleg Vidov

Oleg Vidov

Valerian Zorin
Radu Gavor

Radu Gavor

Romanian Delegate
Zitto Kazann

Zitto Kazann

Chilean Delegate
Alex Veadov

Alex Veadov

Radio Room Operator #3
Jack Blessing

Jack Blessing

John Scali
Tom Everett

Tom Everett

Walter Sheridan
Karl Makinen

Karl Makinen

Young FBI Agent
Boris Lee Krutonog

Boris Lee Krutonog

Alexander Fomin
Charles Esten

Charles Esten

Maj. Rudolf Anderson
Charles Barrett

Charles Barrett

Air Force NCO
Darryl Smith

Darryl Smith

Football Coach
Allan Graf

Allan Graf

Football Referee
Robert Miranda

Robert Miranda

RFK's Driver
Todd Sible

Todd Sible

RFK's Staffer
Marya Kazakova

Marya Kazakova

Soviet Woman
Cliff Fleming

Cliff Fleming

Aerial Coordinator
Michael R. Bowman

Michael R. Bowman

Aide to JFK (uncredited)
Greg Bronson

Greg Bronson

Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ryder Davis

Ryder Davis

Boy Scout (uncredited)
Roger Ferreira

Roger Ferreira

Army Lieutenant General (uncredited)
Armen Garo

Armen Garo

Crewman on Freighter (uncredited)
Gilley Grey

Gilley Grey

Air Force Pilot (uncredited)
Phil Hawn

Phil Hawn

UN Administrator (uncredited)
Ted Hollis

Ted Hollis

OAS Delegate (uncredited)
Rick Kain

Rick Kain

Carpenter (uncredited)
John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

Self (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Steven Koller

Steven Koller

White House Staff (uncredited)
Pramod Kumar

Pramod Kumar

U Thant (uncredited)
Richard Rossi

Richard Rossi

Reporter (uncredited)
Larry Strauss

Larry Strauss

Treasury Secretary Douglas Dillon (uncredited)
Brad Yoder

Brad Yoder

Sorensen's Assistant (uncredited)

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Reviews for Thirteen Days
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A Review by John Chard 9.5

Written by John Chard on 2015-07-25

The art of political film making in all its glory. "Communicate with the Soviets? We can't communicate with the Pentagon - and it's just ... read more

The art of political film making in all its glory. "Communicate with the Soviets? We can't communicate with the Pentagon - and it's just across the goddamn river!" October 1962, for 13 days the American government fought to avert a nuclear war when it was discovered that the Soviet Union had deployed nuclear missiles in Cuba. This is that story. Many superlatives can be chucked at Thirteen Days, and all are viable. In simple terms it's an intelligent and gripping political thriller, superbly scripted and performed by a cast firing on all cylinders. It's a treat to find a film of this type that educates while it pitches you into a world of political intrigue, to provoke real life thoughts even as the suspense takes a hold. Yes it's talky, of course it is, but these conversations are real and riveting. And while there's not a duff performance in the acting pack, Bruce Greenwood deserves special praise. He is the leader, the fulcrum, there's not a false note by him, JFK becoming the role he was born to play. Superlatives were invented for films like Thirteen Days. Assuredly so. 9.5/10

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A Review by GenerationofSwine 10

Written by GenerationofSwine on 2023-07-10

Kevin Costner at least tried to do an accent in this movie, which probably means he got a new agent, a yes man that didn't bother to give hi... read more

Kevin Costner at least tried to do an accent in this movie, which probably means he got a new agent, a yes man that didn't bother to give him the advice that doing believable accents isn't his thing. It's almost like listening to your average Brit trying to sound like an American and completely overdoing it. Do we really sound that exaggerated to them? Who cares, ignore the above, it's still a good movie... despite Costner's accent. Or, possibly, in spite of it. It trashes Dean Achenson, and as a historian the only thing I like to see MORE than Dean getting his just deserts is Allen Dulles getting his... and it throws a jab at that a**hole too. In 2000 that would have been seen as pure liberal honesty, but now it sort of comes across as far right. I mean the movie is literally about avoiding Nuclear War with Russia as the entire Democratic party and the progressive movement seem to want to push us closer and closer to it. It's one of the better political films you can see, and it builds the pressure to the point where you are terrified that the world could end despite the fact it has long come and gone. And the shift from Jack and Bobby to Ken O'Donnel, a humble appointment secretary is probably one of the best approaches and best ideas any Historical Drama has ever had. Start to finish it is one of the best political thrillers of all time.

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A Review by John Chard

The art of political film making in all its glory. "Communicate with the Soviets? We can't communicate with the Pentagon - and it's just across the goddamn river!" October 1962, for 13 days the American government fought to avert a nu...

reviewer avatar

A Review by John Chard 9.5

Written by John Chard on 2015-07-25

The art of political film making in all its glory. "Communicate with the Soviets? We can't communicate with the Pentagon - and it's just across the goddamn river!" October 1962, for 13 days the ...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by GenerationofSwine 10

Written by GenerationofSwine on 2023-07-10

Kevin Costner at least tried to do an accent in this movie, which probably means he got a new agent, a yes man that didn't bother to give him the advice that doing believable accents isn't his thing. ...

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