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Thirteen Days (2000)
There's one inconsistency I noticed in the movie. Several years back, I saw a three hour special on The History Channel that dealt with the Cuban Missile Crisis. In that special, it was specifically stated that we were unaware, at the time, that there were tactical nuclear weapons in Cuba that they had a free hand to use any way they saw fit and it's likely they would have used them against us had we invaded. Yet the movie implies that we did know of their tactical nuclear weapons at that time. I wonder what the real story on that is, does anyone happen to know?
The Longest Day (1962)
Eisenhower playing himself
In the trivia section, it said that Eisenhower was actually considered for the part of playing himself in the movie. I found that to be rather interesting because I wasn't aware of that. It also said that he consented to do the part but the reason he didn't get it is that the make-up artists couldn't make him up to look like his same young self in 1944. I find this rather hard to understand because, to me anyway, he didn't look that much different in the early 60s when the movie was made than he did in the mid 40s! Oh well, at least the guy they had portray him, Henry Grace, was a dead ringer for the former supreme commander!
The Professionals (1966)
This movie was great right up until the ending which is nothing but pure Hollywood fantasy! I mean what mercenary in his right mind would have turned down ten grand back then? Other than that, it was slam-bang, cliff-hanging action all the way! I especially like the part Burt Lancaster played!
The original theatrical showing
When I initially saw this movie when it came out in the spring of 1956, it played in the theatres as part of a double feature, which a lot of the science fiction films of that genre did at that time. The particular feature it played with was "The Indestructible Man," which starred Lon Chaney Jr. It's kind of interesting how they both originally came out as grade B science fiction movies and yet one went on to be a cult classic("Invasion of the Body Snatchers") and the other just disappeared into oblivion!
Runaway Train (1985)
The dead man's switch
The problem I have with this movie is that I was always under the impression that locomotives had a dead man's switch to prevent the occurrence of such events as are depicted in this story or am I overlooking something?