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 »
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 »
Superseded in recent years by the Hollywood production "Thirteen Days" starring Kevin Costner, this 1974 made-for-TV movie was for years the best available dramatization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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