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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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During the debates in the White House, it is mentioned what type of aircraft should replace or augment the U2 to make reconnaissance flights; a "Navy P8U" is mentioned, possibly what was meant as the correct type was F8U, the F8U-IP Crusader, was a fighter aircraft modified for reconnaissance photography. The type served in the Naval Air Service from 1956 until 1999 in the carrier fleet. 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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Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev: Perhaps soon we both sleep...
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A TV Drama Classic
11 July 2001 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

Some have berated the "The Missiles of October" for being over-long. Nonsense! (One genius who complained did, however, like the performance of "Marin Short". Sounds like a 12 year-old. Hey, maybe he is!) It would have been over-long if it were a boring story with boring performances. But "The Missiles of October" is neither. The story is, of course, riveting, whether you were around during the early sixties or not. And the performances - the guy who cast the three main characters, JFK (William Devane), RFK (Martin Sheen) and Khrushchev (Howard Da Silva), should have got an Emmy. Martin Sheen may have over-done Bobby Kennedy a bit, but it should be noted, that RFK's "Kennedy accent" was much thicker than JFK's, almost to the point of self-caricature.

Nor is the film "dated," as another reviewer would have it. The TV claustrophobic atmosphere is in perfect keeping with the tight, closed, suffocating tension which actually existed in the real situation. The crisis did not occur out of doors, or in halls - it occurred in a few rooms.

"The Missiles of October" possesses the hallmark of classic drama: though you may know how it ends, you want to watch it again and again.


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