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18 December 1974 (USA) See more »
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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. See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

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William Devane ... President John F. Kennedy

Ralph Bellamy ... U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson
Howard Da Silva ... Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev

James Hong ... U.N. Secretary-General U Thant

Martin Sheen ... Att. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James T. Callahan ... David Powers, Special Assistant to the President
Peter Canon ... Admiral's Aide
Keene Curtis ... John McCone, Director CIA

Charles Cyphers ... Press Photographer

Clifford David ... Theodore Sorensen, Special Counsel
Francis De Sales ... Senator

John Dehner ... Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson
Peter Donat ... David Ormsby-Gore, British Ambassador to U.S.

Andrew Duggan ... Gen. Maxwell Taylor, Army Chief of Staff
Richard Eastham ... Gen. David M. Shoup, USMC Commandant

Dana Elcar ... Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara
Eugene Elman ... Russian Presidium Member (as Gene Elman)
Ron Feinberg ... Gen. Charles De Gaulle
Michael Fox ... Soviet Marshal
Arthur Franz ... Congressman Charles A. Halleck
Larry Gates ... Secretary of State Dean Rusk
Jerome Guardino ... Reporter
Ted Hartley ... American General
Bern Hoffman ... Russian Presidium Member
Richard Karlan ... Chief of the Presidium
Stacy Keach Sr. ... W.E. Knox, President Westinghouse International
Wright King ... Sen. Richard Russell
Will Kuluva ... Valerian Zorin
Paul Lambert ... John Scali, ABC Correspondent
Doreen Lang ... Mrs. Evelyn Lincoln, President Kennedy's Secretary

Michael Lerner ... Pierre Salinger, Whitehouse Press Secretary
Robert P. Lieb ... Gen. Curtis LeMay, Air Force Chief of Staff
John McMurtry ... Yefgani Yeftashanko
Byron Morrow ... Sen. William Fullbright
Stewart Moss ... Kenneth O'Donnell, Special Assistant to the President

Stuart Nisbet ... Reporter
Buddy Ochoa ... Television Assistant

James Olson ... McGeorge Bundy, Special Assistant for National Security Affairs

Dennis Patrick ... Llewellyn Thompson, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union
Albert Paulsen ... Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin

Nehemiah Persoff ... Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko

William Prince ... Secretary of the Treasury, C. Douglas Dillon

John Randolph ... Undersecretary of State George Ball
Toby Russ ... Waiter

Kenneth Tobey ... Adm. George W. Anderson Jr., Chief of Naval Operations
Serge Tschernisch ... Soviet Stenographer
Jay Vallera ... Cuban Delegate

George Wyner ... Civillian Aide

Harris Yulin ... KGB Agent Alexander Fomin

Thayer David ... Narrator (uncredited)
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Directed by
Anthony Page 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stanley R. Greenberg 
Robert F. Kennedy  book "Thirteen Days"

Produced by
Robert Berger .... producer
Herbert Brodkin .... producer
Irv Wilson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal 
 
Film Editing by
Jerry Greene (video tape)
 
Casting by
Joe Scully 
 
Production Design by
Brian Eatwell 
 
Art Direction by
Archie Sharp 
 
Costume Design by
Al Lehman 
 
Makeup Department
Joe Blasco .... makeup artist (1974)
 
Production Management
Don Wollman .... unit manager
 
Art Department
Paul Diyorio .... property master
 
Sound Department
Doug Nelson .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Angel .... camera operator
Jim Balden .... camera operator
Ron Brooks .... camera operator
Hugh Dilonardo .... video engineer
Art LaCombe .... camera operator
Everett Melosh .... lighting director
 
Other crew
Margo Boetticher .... production coordinator
Ernie Buttelman .... technical director
Don Corvan .... stage manager
Frank Genereux .... engineering supervisor
Debbie Handelman .... production coordinator
Ellen Krass .... production coordinator (as Ellen M. Krass)
Jerry Romano .... studio supervisor
Arlene Sidaris .... assistant to producer
Beth Uffner .... production coordinator
James Woodworth .... stage manager
 

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150 min
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Trivia:
The title of this film is a reference to the book "The Guns of August," which had greatly impressed President Kennedy and from which he drew inspiration in dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In one of the Oval Office meetings with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the remark that: "You're in a pretty bad fix, Mr. President," is erroneously attributed to Marine Corps General Shoup. In actuality, it was uttered by General Curtis LeMay prompting the President's well-known response, "Well, you're in it with me."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...
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Referenced in The Goonies (1985)See more »

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Every World Leader Should Be Required to Watch this Once a Year, 2 January 2005
Author: clarkpark from Syracuse, NY

This is the best docudrama, and quite possibly the best drama, ever made. Forget the blatant revisionism of the Kennedies that's come in vogue, The Missilies of October is the real story of how Jack Kennedy and Nikita Khruschev faced down their generals and conservative wings and pulled the world back from the brink of Armageddon.

Just before the missile crisis breaks, Kennedy read The Guns of October – an historical work about how the great powers simply stumbled into World War I. It wasn't inevitable; it could have been avoided, but no country would give another room to back down without appearing to capitulate.

Bobby Kennedy plays the whip to bring the powerful and contentious men who make up JFK's cabinet, political allies and military leadership into an uneasy consensus around a blockade of Cuba, instead of an invasion. JFK gives Khruschev room to maneuver at every turn, and Khruschev is smart enough to see these openings and take them. Neither side gets what it wants; both sides get what they can live with.

Ralph Bellamy, Nehemiah Persoff, John Dehner, Andrew Duggan, Peter Donat, Dana Elcar, Stewart Moss, Harris Yulin and more give excellent performances. William DeVane as JFK, Martin Sheen as RFK and Howard DaSilva as Khruschev are absolutely brilliant. The script and direction are equal to the fine performances of the cast.

Watch this movie and ponder where we'd be if the Bush cabinet had learned these lessons before they started playing power politics.

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