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The Missiles of October (1974)

In October 1962, the Kennedy administration struggles to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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

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Credited cast:
William Devane ... John F. Kennedy - US President
Ralph Bellamy ... Adlai Stevenson - US Ambassador to UN
Howard Da Silva ... Nikita Khrushchev - Soviet Premier
James Hong ... U Thant - U.N. Secretary-General
Martin Sheen ... Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James T. Callahan ... David Powers - Special Assistant to the President
Peter Canon 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 ... Dean Acheson - Former Secretary of State
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
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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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Relive those thirteen nerve shattering days of . . . The MISSILES of OCTOBER See more »


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Originally shot on videotape, and first shown in this format, but when it was sold to local stations, it was transferred to film. See more »

Goofs

Credited only as "American General," the Major General giving the briefing in actuality would have been the Tactical Air Command Chief, 4-star General Walter C. Sweeney, whose briefing included the guarantee of only 90% destruction of the sites. Though President Kennedy had already finalized plans for a quarantine, Kennedy nonetheless directed that air strikes be ready on standby on the morning of October 22. This information is contained in Secretary of Defense McNamara's, and others' notes and transcripts of the meeting. 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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Connections

Referenced in Miami Vice: The Cows of October (1988) See more »

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William Devane is an excellent JFK
15 January 2005 | by dansandavisSee all my reviews

Superseded in recent years by the Hollywood production "Thirteen Days" starring Kevin Costner, this 1974 made-for-TV movie was for years the best available dramatization of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. A compelling presentation, it has the feel of watching live theater. Although we know more of the historical facts now regarding this particular event in history, this film should still be watched. What I like best about the film, however, is this: In my opinion, William Devane does a better job portraying President John F. Kennedy than any other actor I've ever seen. He's simply excellent! I would like to have seen him do JFK in a bigger production. Interestingly, Martin Sheen, who plays Robert F. Kennedy in this film, later played JFK in a TV miniseries that came out on the 20th anniversary of the assassination (1983). Now, of course, Sheen plays the fictional President Bartlet in the popular TV series "West Wing". Overall, Devane is much better in this film and, compared with Sheen's later work, Devane is a much more convincing JFK.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

13 dagar som skakade världen See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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