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At Theaters: 1/12/2001 On Video: 7/10/2001
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 25 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 249902
Studio: New Line Cinema
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An inside look at how the Kennedy Administration responded to the discovery of offensive Soviet weapons in Cuba, and the pressurized tug-of-war that ensued between the U.S. and the USSR during the thirteen days of the missile crisis. As viewed through the eyes of a Presidential aide, we see the heated battles and internal debate that raged within the U.S. government, as the nation stood on the brink of nuclear war.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Drama - Strongly based on historical events, Thirteen Days is a political thriller about the Cuban Missile Crisis. It will most likely appeal to viewers old enough to remember the actual events.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Kevin Costner FOR LOVE OF THE GAME, MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
Bruce Greenwood DOUBLE JEOPARDY
Steven Culp GROSS ANATOMY, FEARLESS
Director: Roger Donaldson NO WAY OUT, SLEEPING DOGS
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About The Production
Kenneth O'Donnell
Recreating The Kennedys
From The Oval Office To The Cuban Skies
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PROFANITY: Strong profanity. GD used 14 times. F-word 2 times.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: No actual physical violence. Just threat of nuclear war.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some mild social drinking.
ACTION: This is NOT an action movie. Some minor military action.
COMEDY: Approximately twenty mildly humorous remarks.
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It is often difficult to dramatize recent historical events because nearly everyone going into the theater already knows the outcome. The world did not end with the Cuban Missile Crisis. Disaster was averted with almost no loss of life, and the United States was the "winner" (insofar as there can be a winner in this situation). What's more, Thirteen Days is constructed as a thriller, which means that its intent is to arouse the audience's interest by creating suspense. And, while this movie is not as successful as Apollo 13 in generating tension, it does a credible job. The perspective offered by Thirteen Days is different enough from other movies about the Crisis that it merits viewing. For those with a thirst for a gripping political thriller with its roots in real-life events, Thirteen Days represents a satisfying refreshment.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 238 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
3
High
100%
13-19Teens (M/F)
22
High
81%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
27
High
88%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
22
High
90%
30+Adults (M)
70
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
94
High
95%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Moviegoer Opinions:

Nearly all 238 moviegoers polled say SEE THIRTEEN DAYS! The number of "Excellent" and "Fantastic" opinions are very high. There were very few who gave it a somewhat low review. I would highly recommend this movie to everyone.

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
I found this movie very entertaining, but I enjoy historical dramas. If you don't, then you may feel it's too slow. I suspect most younger teens will not enjoy this movie since it consists of mostly talking. It goes for 1' 20" minutes before it even begins to have any sort of action. There are some suspenseful scenes, since it was such a suspenseful true-life event, but there probably isn't enough of these scenes for most moviegoers.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE

For thirteen extraordinary days in October of 1962, the world stood on the brink of an unthinkable catastrophe. Across the globe, people anxiously awaited the outcome of a harrowing political, diplomatic and military confrontation that threatened to end in an apocalyptic nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union.

The alarming escalation of events during those fateful days brought to the fore such public figures as Robert McNamara, Adlai Stevenson, Theodore Sorenson, Andrei Gromyko, Anatoly Dobrynin, McGeorge Bundy, Dean Acheson, Dean Rusk, and General Curtis LeMay. In addition many others -- politicians, diplomats and soldiers - were on the front line of the showdown. In Thirteen Days, we see all of these people, - and, above all -- President John F. Kennedy and his brother Bobby, through the eyes of a trusted presidential aide and confidante, Kenneth P. O'Donnell (Kevin Costner).

O'Donnell, who served as Special Assistant to the President, was a key White House insider with a birdseye view of the crisis. His office was next door to the President's Oval Office, and he was a major behind the scenes figure in the Kennedy White House. In the film, O'Donnell serves as a conduit to this gripping dramatization of one of the most dangerous moments in modern history.

The film moves from the bitter debates that lingered within 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to the skies above Cuba, where U.S. spy planes reveal the progressive missile build-up, and to the high seas, where a standoff between U.S. and Soviet ships threatens to trigger war.

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