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Thirteen Days (2000)

A dramatization and a fictionalized account of the Kennedy administration's struggle to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.

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Cast

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U-2 Pilot
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Drake Cook ...
Mark O'Donnell
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Helen O'Donnell
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Kathy O'Donnell
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Kenny O'Donnell, Jr.
Matthew Dunn ...
Kevin O'Donnell
Kevin O'Donnell ...
NPIC Photo Interpreter
Janet Coleman ...
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Floyd
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Arthur Lundahl
Liz Sinclair ...
Kenny's Assistant #1
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In October, 1962, U-2 surveillance photos reveal that the Soviet Union is in the process of placing nuclear weapons in Cuba. These weapons have the capability of wiping out most of the Eastern and Southern United States in minutes if they become operational. President John F. Kennedy and his advisors must come up with a plan of action against the Soviets. Kennedy is determined to show that he is strong enough to stand up to the threat, and the Pentagon advises U.S. military strikes against Cuba--which could lead the way to another U.S. invasion of the island. However, Kennedy is reluctant to follow through, because a U.S. invasion could cause the Soviets to retaliate in Europe. A nuclear showdown appears to be almost inevitable. Can it be prevented? Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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You'll Never Believe How Close We Came


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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12 January 2001 (USA)  »

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13 Days  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$46,668 (USA) (29 December 2000)

Gross:

$34,566,746 (USA) (30 March 2001)
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Trivia

According to the filmmaker's commentary, Bruce Greenwood and Steven Culp, who portray John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, respectively, would engage each other in arguments off screen in their Kennedy personas to help keep in character. See more »

Goofs

A stock shot of a missile launch is labeled "Atlas Missile Launch," but it is really a Titan ICBM. See more »

Quotes

Kenny O'Donnell: [Kenny has come home late at night and found his wife awake in the kitchen] Hi.
Helen O'Donnell: Hi... You look old, O'Donnell.
Kenny O'Donnell: You don't.
Helen O'Donnell: It's 2:30 in the morning - are you flirting with me?
Kenny O'Donnell: We got a back-channel communication from Khruschev this evening, feeling us out about a deal. He confirmed it, just a little while ago in a letter.
Helen O'Donnell: Thank god.
Kenny O'Donnell: Jack kicked us out of his house for the night.
Helen O'Donnell: Darn it. For a second there, I thought you'd been fired.
Kenny O'Donnell: No such luck... I'm driving home, there was something I wanted...
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Connections

Referenced in Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Virga Jesse Floruit
Composed by Anton Bruckner
Performed by John Scott & The St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Courtesy of Hyperion Records Ltd., London, England
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Factual??
20 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I served aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy which was depicted in the film. The Kennedy was the ship that boarded the Marcula in the waters off the Bahamas. The Kennedy, now part of Battleship cove in Fall River, Ma., actually played herself in the film. The actual boarding was not as quite dramatic as depicted in the movie.

The boarding party for instance did not wear dress white uniforms and the Marcula was more of a "rust bucket" than depicted in the movie. Although the 5 inch guns were aimed at the vessel, I don't recall a shot being fired.

As far as the movie is concerned I though it gave a rather accurate accounting of the circumstances that surrounded this time in history with a few embellishment's that are purely thrown in as theatrical license.


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