Thirteen Days

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Released 2000

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Director:
Roger Donaldson
Released:
2000
Rating:
PG-13

Thirteen Days is a fact-based drama about the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. In the film, President John F. Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood) is forced to face the prospect of a nuclear Cuba when U-2 surveillance photographs show that the Soviet Union is sending missiles there. Though many of his advisers encourage the President to order an immediate military strike against Cuba, Kennedy resists the impulse because he fears it would cause a Soviet invasion of Berlin. After consulting his brother Bobby (Steven Culp) and adviser Kenny O'Donnell (Kevin Costner), Kennedy decides to order the Navy to quarantine Cuba and inspect all incoming ships for nuclear weapons. What follows is high stakes gamesmanship between the two nuclear superpowers. The Soviets send mixed signals to the Americans, and some members of the American military community act without notifying Kennedy of their intentions. Eventually, the two superpowers stand eyeball to eyeball on the brink of war and the only question is which one will blink first.

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Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Dealing with all these crises and decisions gives Thirteen Days a surprising amount of tension and watchability for a story whose outcome we already know.

  • 60

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Kevin Costner is suitably flinty in 13 Days, a competent, by-the-numbers recreation of the events surrounding the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Reasonably intelligent, well-crafted and dramatically understated.

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    Bruce Greenwood

    Bruce Greenwood

    John F. Kennedy

    Steven Culp

    Steven Culp

    Robert F. Kennedy

    Bill Smitrovich

    Bill Smitrovich

    Gen. Maxwell Taylor

    Lucinda Jenney

    Lucinda Jenney

    Helen O'Donnell

    Kevin Costner

    Kevin Costner

    Kenny O'Donnell

    Dylan Baker

    Dylan Baker

    Robert McNamara

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    Historical, Military & War, Politics, Epics