MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 8,662 this week

The Missiles of October (1974)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | History | Thriller  -  18 December 1974 (USA)
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 678 users  
Reviews: 18 user | 2 critic

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

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Related News

The Way Review
| Twitch

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1409 titles
created 18 Nov 2011
 
list image
a list of 26 titles
created 13 May 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 27 May 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 71 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Missiles of October (TV Movie 1974)

The Missiles of October (TV Movie 1974) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Missiles of October.

User Polls

Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The story of Eddie Slovik, who was executed by the Army in 1945, the only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the Civil War.

Director: Lamont Johnson
Stars: Martin Sheen, Mariclare Costello, Ned Beatty
The California Kid (TV Movie 1974)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A deranged, desert town sheriff has a murderous habit or forcing speeders to their deaths, until a young man with a souped-up hotrod arrives to possibly end it.

Director: Richard T. Heffron
Stars: Martin Sheen, Vic Morrow, Michelle Phillips
Thirteen Days (2000)
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A dramatization of President Kennedy's administration's struggle to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Shawn Driscoll
Fail Safe (1964)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted?

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver
LBJ: The Early Years (TV Movie 1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This made-for-TV film chronicles the years 1934 through 1963, tracing the beginnings of Johnson's public career, chronicling his reputation for down-and-dirty politicking, and following his progress.

Director: Peter Werner
Stars: Randy Quaid, Patti LuPone, Morgan Brittany
Sweet Hostage (TV Movie 1975)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An escaped mental patient kidnaps an illiterate teenage farm girl and takes her to his mountain hide-away, where they soon become friends and, eventually, lovers.

Director: Lee Philips
Stars: Linda Blair, Martin Sheen, Jeanne Cooper
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

US military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March
RFK (TV Movie 2002)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Following the death of his brother John, Robert Kennedy is forced to rise to the challenge of leading his country and carrying on his brother's vision of what America could be.

Director: Robert Dornhelm
Stars: Linus Roache, James Cromwell, David Paymer
Washington: Behind Closed Doors (TV Mini-Series 1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of a power-hungry U.S. President, and the men he surrounds himself with in order to keep his hold on power. Based on John Ehrlichman's book about the Nixon administration.

Stars: Cliff Robertson, Jason Robards, Stefanie Powers
Blind Ambition (TV Mini-Series 1979)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Television series docu-drama traces the career of John Dean, special counsel of president Nixon.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Michael Callan, William Daniels
Fear on Trial (TV Movie 1975)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of John Henry Faulk, a radio/TV personality of the 1950s, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Faulk sued the organization that was behind the blacklisting, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Lamont Johnson
Stars: William Devane, George C. Scott, Dorothy Tristan
The Last Survivors (TV Movie 1975)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After a passenger ship sinks, a ship's officer must decide which passengers in an overcrowded lifeboat must be sacrificed so the rest can survive an approaching typhoon.

Director: Lee H. Katzin
Stars: Martin Sheen, Diane Baker, Tom Bosley
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
Howard Da Silva ...
...
...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
David Powers, Special Assistant to the President
Peter Canon ...
Admiral's Aide
Keene Curtis ...
...
Press Photographer
...
Francis De Sales ...
Senator
...
Peter Donat ...
David Ormsby-Gore, British Ambassador to U.S.
...
Richard Eastham ...
Gen. David M. Shoup, USMC Commandant
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 December 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

13 päivää, jotka järkyttivät maailmaa  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

President Kennedy's address to the nation is shown as being made from the Oval Office, with the windows behind the President's desk visible in the TV picture. While the actual address did originate from that location, a neutral gray backdrop was placed behind the President's chair, so none of the real background is visible in the tape of the actual telecast. See more »

Quotes

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.
[pauses]
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev: Perhaps soon we both sleep...
See more »

Connections

Version of Thirteen Days (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


15 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This is a landmark presentation-Where is everybody? mustangp51b
the missiles of october pixie_jean
Great film mebobbob
Discuss The Missiles of October (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?