Thirteen Days (2000)

 


 

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The film is set during the two-week Cuban missile crisis in October of 1962, and it centers on how President John F. Kennedy, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and others handled the explosive situation. Full summary »

Genre: Drama,History,Thriller

Thirteen Days (2000)
   
Release Date: 12 January 2001 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Roger Donaldson
Cast:
  • Shawn Driscoll
  • Kevin Costner
  • Drake Cook
  • Lucinda Jenney
  • Caitlin Wachs
  • Jon Foster
  • Matthew Dunn
  • Kevin O'Donnell
  • Janet Coleman
  • Bruce Thomas
  • Stephanie Romanov
  • Bruce Greenwood
  • Frank Wood
  • Dakin Matthews
  • Liz Sinclair


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23 Responses to Thirteen Days (2000)

  1. fdpedro
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    Wait, I don’t agree with my topic title at all, but I have a quote from a recent Ann Coulter blog entry where she describes Thirteen Days as "a falsely heroic portrayal of JFK’s disastrous handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis."

    Do you agree or disagree?

  2. texan2120
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    There’s an actor credited with playing Vice President Johnson but I watched this movie last night and don’t remember seeing him. Anyone know when he appears in the film?

  3. shecantstandthesightofme
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    1) The candy in the Oval Office is for the children.

    2) The big red dog is in our backyard.

    3) Adlai Stevenson is an old political cat, but he’s still got at least one life left.

    4) Never try to pass off your report card as a permission slip, if only to avoid hearing your dad butcher the Boston accent!

    5) ORTSAC spelled backwards is Castro.

    6) ORTSAC is pretty simple for the Pentagon.

    7) Jackie Kennedy would use problems with a party guest list as an excuse to flirt with Kenny O’Donnell.

    8) The Navy has been running blockades since the days of John Paul Jones!

    9) Kenny O’Donnell is scared to cancel on Daley.

    10) O’Donnell and the Kennedy’s did not enjoy going down to LBJ’s ranch dressed as cowboys.

  4. pjglynndoora
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    could another missile criasis occur, not necessarily in Cuba?

  5. j-mclane-1
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    It had unbearable tension, brilliant acting, I don’t understand why it bombed so badly…..

  6. justin0590
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    Haha.

    Did anyone else just crack up when Costner spoke this line in his

    "Boston"-accent. I know I sure as hell did!

    Apart from Costners accent, it’s pretty darn good movie, especially if you’re interested in the Cuban Missile Crisis, like me.

    Very good performances by Bruce Greenwood and Steven Culp. (best not to mention Kevin Costner, though he wasn’t bad, apart from his accent ofcourse!)

    Bruce Greenwood, there hasn’t been a better JFK since Martin Sheen in "Kennedy"

    and Steven Culp, there hasn’t been a better RFK since…, well euhm, since Martin Sheen in "The Missiles of October"!

    Perhaps Martin Sheen, will one day play Teddy, who knows?

    Hell, he might even go Tootsie and play Jackie. I’d pay a lot of money to see that!

  7. pjglynndoora
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    What are your memories of it?

  8. Kamakazie
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    Its like a mix between Forrest Gump and Chief Wiggum from The Simpsons.

  9. josborn828
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    Why does the film switch between color and black and white?

  10. brisee
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    So… what do you think?

    Kennedy? Khrushchev? Castro?

  11. Quiet_Cookie
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    Why did Kennedy almost fire on the Soviet ships? I paid very close attention when I watched this movie but I still can’t really piece together why he did that. If someone could explain it to me that’d be great. I know a lot about the crisis so there’s no need to explain that to me. Just that particular part. Thanks.

    Its better to burn out than fade away.

  12. Jackie-Kennedy
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    I may be alone here but does anyone else think that Steven Culp doesn’t get nearly enough credit for his portrayal of Bobby Kennedy? IMO the movie belongs more to him and Bruce Greenwood than to Kevin Costner even though its Costner who gets the credit. They both take over the screen with their preformances as the Kennedy brothers but yet poor Steven bearly gets a mention and bruce is always second to Costner. Steven’s Bobby Kennedy was ace. He had the look and the accent perfect and his mannerisms were excellent. Am I alone?

  13. pe81171
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    For those that have seen both ‘Thirteen Days’ and ‘Path to War’ who do you think played the better Robert McNamara-Dylan Baker in ‘Thirteen Days’ or Alec Baldwin in ‘Path to War’? I thought both did quite well and made for an interesting comparison to one another. I recommend watching ‘Path to War’ after watching ‘Thirteen Days’ because you can see some of the same characters who did so well during the Cuban Missile Crisis do so poorly during Vietnam.

    Frank: Just a man.

    Harmonica: An ancient race.

  14. A_Humdrum_Afternoon
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    Imagine if it was true? I shudder to think.

    In red brick of lazy afternoons

  15. lw12345
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    JFK was the last. The liberal elite have taken over and what a sorry bunch of whiners they are.

  16. mysterymovies
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    The current dvd is no longer made by the manufacturer. I know you can still buy that dvd, but does anyone know if there are plans to put out a new one? Are there copyright issues?

    I’ve had this question before, about if there will be a new version of a dvd put out. Is there any way to find this out? (For example, Persona directed by Ingmar Bergman)

  17. johnnyjr
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    dont you agree?

    if there was no nuclear weapons, we would have had a world war 3 by now

    the fear of the weapon has actually kept everyone in check over the last 60 years, this movie showcases that

  18. efs2
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    I just watched this again for the first time in years, and it is as good as I remember, if not better. The subject matter is somehow still very relevant, the script is excellent, and the performances for the most part are spectacular.

    I’m sure some compain that Thirteen Days is too nostalgic and paints a too-flattering picture of the Kennedys and their inner circle. But the nostalgia is weaved into the story so seamlessly that it doesn’t detract. And the group’s brilliant handling of the crisis is a matter of historical fact. So where’s the complaint?

    Finally, I was also impressed with the look of the film, including the actors picked to portray figures that many of us remember. I often knew who the characters were before they were identified. And it was just mesmerizing.

    Oh, my God! They’re turkeys!

  19. jnericsonx
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    When they go in to take pictures and get shot at, I KNOW I’ve heard that music elsewhere, I just can’t remember where though.

  20. stephenwright1991
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    Lets presume for a moment that RFK didn’t get killed in 1968 and he went on to beat Nixon in the Presidential election. Who would he have chosen as his running mate and who would have been in another Kennedy administration, would there be people coming over from the JFK years or would RFK want to start a new government.

    President:Robert F Kennedy

    Vice President:Hubert H Humphrey

    Secretary of State:Mcgeorge Bundy

    Secretary of Defense:Sargent Shriver

    Secretary of the Treasury:William McChesney Martin Jr.

    Attorney General:George Ball

    National Security Advisor:Maxwell Taylor

  21. vulcantrekkie45
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    The film, overall, is very good. But it was absolutely marred for me by the fact that all the accents were horribly wrong. One must wonder if there was even a single Massachusettian anywhere near the set. I personally don’t think so, as the accents that wound up in the final film just wouldn’t fly.

    Costner’s character is supposed to be from Worcester. Costner sounds like a bad exaggeration of a MetroNorth accent. It probably would’ve been better if he didn’t try an accent at all. Worcester people, compared with the stereotypical "Boston" accent (which, might I say, is not actually spoken within Boston proper), do not have much of an accent at all. Just an occasional swallowed vowel.

    Greenwood’s and Culp’s accents, though better than Costner’s, were marginal at best. Yes, the Kennedy boys were born in Brookline, but they moved in 1927. By 1962, there’s no way their accents would be that thick. And we’ve got audio evidence to prove it.

  22. pjglynndoora
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    anyone here read this book on the Crisis?

  23. robertwnielsen
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    Bobby says, "If I held a vote, I think airstrike would beat blockade by a vote or two." How does the Attorney General hold a vote? I thought only the President of the Senate (LBJ) or the Speaker of the House (? in 1962) could call a vote.

    "Has anybody ever told you you have a SERIOUS IMPULSE CONTROL PROBLEM??"

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