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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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Anthony Page
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
William Devane ... President John F. Kennedy
Ralph Bellamy ... U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson
Howard Da Silva ... Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev
James Hong ... U.N. Secretary-General U Thant
Martin Sheen ... Att. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James T. Callahan ... David Powers, Special Assistant to the President
Peter Canon Peter Canon ... Admiral's Aide
Keene Curtis ... John McCone, Director CIA
Charles Cyphers ... Press Photographer
Clifford David ... Theodore Sorensen, Special Counsel
Francis De Sales ... Senator
John Dehner ... Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson
Peter Donat ... David Ormsby-Gore, British Ambassador to U.S.
Andrew Duggan ... Gen. Maxwell Taylor, Army Chief of Staff
Richard Eastham ... Gen. David M. Shoup, USMC Commandant
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

13 dagar som skakade världen See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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.
[pauses]
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev: Perhaps soon we both sleep...
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Version of Thirteen Days (2000) See more »

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24 June 2003 | by Roman11See all my reviews

This really impressed me when first I viewed it in '74. The real standout was William Devane as JFK. One of the most realistic pieces of casting and portrayls I've seen! Only on the close ups could you tell that it was Devane. His accent and demeanour were perfection. In other words he was JFK!

Everyone else was superb as was the story, camera work, direction etc. The casting was brilliant and more than that REAL! This was truly a winner from start to finish.


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