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Thirteen Days (2000)

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

Director:

Roger Donaldson

Writers:

David Self, Ernest R. May (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shawn Driscoll ... U-2 Pilot
Kevin Costner ... Kenny O'Donnell
Drake Cook Drake Cook ... Mark O'Donnell
Lucinda Jenney ... Helen O'Donnell
Caitlin Wachs ... Kathy O'Donnell
Jon Foster ... Kenny O'Donnell, Jr.
Matthew Dunn Matthew Dunn ... Kevin O'Donnell
Kevin O'Donnell Kevin O'Donnell ... NPIC Photo Interpreter
Janet Coleman Janet Coleman ... Evelyn Lincoln
Bruce Thomas ... Floyd
Stephanie Romanov ... Jacqueline Kennedy
Bruce Greenwood ... John F. Kennedy
Frank Wood ... McGeorge Bundy
Dakin Matthews ... Arthur Lundahl
Liz Sinclair Liz Sinclair ... Kenny's Assistant #1
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

You'll Never Believe How Close We Came


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish | Romanian

Release Date:

12 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

13 Days See more »

Filming Locations:

Alhambra, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,668, 25 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,592,089

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,579,890
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The second movie about President John F. Kennedy in which Kevin Costner stars as someone other than Kennedy. The first was Oliver Stone's JFK (1991). See more »

Goofs

May or may not be a mistake, but the jeep driver wears a VFP-62 ball cap, and the F-8's on the line are marked VF-24, with their variable wings in the down position. The two Crusaders taking the pictures are marked VFP-62, with their wings in the up position. 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

References Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

The Thunderer
Written by John Philip Sousa
Courtesy of Associated Production Music, LLC
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Factual??
20 February 2006 | by JackHorohoeSee 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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