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The Missiles of October (1974)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | History | Thriller  -  18 December 1974 (USA)
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Based in part on Robert F. Kennedy's book, "Thirteen Days," this film profiles the Kennedy Administration's actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Based in part on Robert F. Kennedy's book, "Thirteen Days," this film profiles the Kennedy Administration's actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Written by Anonymous

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Three key actors in this film went on the play the president elsewhere: Ralph Bellamy played Franklin Roosevelt in War and Remembrance (1988) in 1988 and Martin Sheen played the fictional Josiah Bartlett in The West Wing (1999). All three presidents were Democrats, all three actors are Democrats. William Devane played a fictional President Hayes of the US on "Stargate: SG-1" (2004). See more »

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In some of the briefly seen views of General Curtis LeMay's decorations, a few errors are readily apparent. The highly visible and distinctive diagonally-striped blue & white British Distinguished Flying Cross from his Eagle Squadron service is not seen. There should be a blue striped Air Force Longevity of Service ribbon with devices for years of service as well as a World War II Victory Medal. There is no National Defense yellow/red ribbon and a common error shows him with the Good Conduct ribbon which was awarded only to enlisted persons. He wears no Air Medal or Distinguished Service Cross and the order of his decorations contain errors too numerous to mention in their precedence. See more »

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Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev: [thinking about President Kennedy on the other side of the world, before being interrupted again] Just now, I work and he sleeps. Then, he works and I sleep.
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Simply One of the MOST Compelling Movie Play's EVER!
31 January 2004 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

I find this movie now on DVD one of the most compelling works of art it has ever been my pleasure to behold. This movie is from the less is more school. No high tech camera angles and silly special effects get in your way here. No stupid insipid love story tangles its way through the plot where some couple must give you today's obligatory R Rated steamy love scene at some point when you just wished the action would go on. This movie is just cold hearts, raw nerves, hardened steal will's of both sides exposed in abundance as the world of the early 1960's creeped toward thermonuclear oblivion in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Brinksmanship and a world tittering on the brink of a testosterone cliff a fall from which guranteed no return to life as it existed before is what this movie was about. Missiles of October is told in a play format. The sets are obviously sets so you do not waste your time on the decorations of the people or the places. You simply are given a reference of where you are by the set. The real action is the dialogue the intrique in the tangled the goings on. This movie works on a level of raw emotion. The missiles of October is a movie stripped bare of the heavy syrup and confectionary sugar laden movies of today. The Missiles of October does not spoon feed the audience each moment of their movie experience till only one rather inexcapable formulalic conclusion offered by the screen writer can be reached.

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a series of mis-steps wrong judgement calls and finally at the 11th hour some common sense where. In this movie both sides The Soviet Union and the United States had to get off their high horses and admit we together do not want to end human kinds existence as a species on this earth and take almost every other living thing with us as we exit. The fact that the set's look deliberately cheesy and the acting is done as a play just makes the truly superior acting stand out and grab you all that much more. Oh to say I was pleased with The Missiles of October is to dabble in understatement up past your neck for I in all ways loved it such that I can not be without two copies of this in my home. One to watch and one to keep in a safe fire resistant place. The Missile's of October blew me away because it is true, this happened in real life. I was just a baby at the time but I lived through this time. This movie in play format is awesome because the acting was first rate and people this was high drama life or death stakes would have affected all of us had it gone wrong because it was all real life baby and no movie gets any better than that in my humble opinion.

Oh and its like way educational too so buy this one its one of the WOLF's major must haves like number one on my serious subjects list.


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