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The Missiles of October (1974)

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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The most powerful docudrama ever produced on THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS See more »


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18 December 1974 (USA)  »

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13 päivää, jotka järkyttivät maailmaa  »

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This productions source book, "Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis" by Robert F. Kennedy, shares the same title as the later cinema movie about the Cuban Missile Crisis, Thirteen Days (2000). See more »

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The opening credits misspell the name of special advisor to the president McGeorge Bundy as "MacGeorge Bundy." 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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Referenced in The Goonies (1985) See more »

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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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