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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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Credited cast:
... President John F. Kennedy
... U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson
... Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev
... U.N. Secretary-General U Thant
... Att. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... David Powers, Special Assistant to the President
Peter Canon ... Admiral's Aide
... John McCone, Director CIA
... Press Photographer
... Theodore Sorensen, Special Counsel
... Senator
... Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson
... David Ormsby-Gore, British Ambassador to U.S.
... 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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The most powerful docudrama ever produced on The Cuban Missile Crisis See more »


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18 December 1974 (USA)  »

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Three key actors in this film went on the play the American president elsewhere: Ralph Bellamy played President Franklin D. Roosevelt in War and Remembrance (1988); Martin Sheen played the fictional American President Josiah Bartlett in The West Wing (1999); and William Devane played a fictional President Hayes of the US on "Stargate: SG-1" (2004). All three American Presidents were Democrats, and all three actors portraying them have been Democrats. See more »

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During the debates in the White House, it is mentioned what type of aircraft should replace or augment the U2 to make reconnaissance flights; a "Navy P8U" is mentioned, possibly what was meant as the correct type was F8U, the F8U-IP Crusader, was a fighter aircraft modified for reconnaissance photography. The type served in the Naval Air Service from 1956 until 1999 in the carrier fleet. See more »

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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.
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Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev: Perhaps soon we both sleep...
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Referenced in The Goonies (1985) See more »

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Every World Leader Should Be Required to Watch this Once a Year
2 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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