Thirteen Days (2000)

thirteen_days_poster“[asking the Russian ambassador if there are any Soviet missile bases in Cuba] Sir, I am prepared to wait for your answer till Hell freezes over, if that’s your decision.” – Adlai Stevenson

Number of Times Seen –  at least five times (Theater in Jan 2000, DVD and 10 Nov 2014)

Brief Synopsis – Historical account of the political and diplomatic actions taken by JFK and his advisors during the Cuban Missle Crisis in October 1962.

My Take on it – Anyone who has gotten to know my taste in movies know that I’m a big fan of historical presidential movies.

Before seeing this, I knew a bit about the Cuban Missle Crisis, but had no clue how close the world was to the brink of war.

The scenes portrayed here are so minute in detail that it gives the viewer the feeling of really being in the room during all the deliberations of this crisis. The movie is based on many of the actual recordings of the events because it was a known fact that JFK recorded many of the conversations in the White House.

Kevin Costner is the lead actor here, but the standout is clearly Bruce Greenwood who portrays JFK. Greenwood, unlike Costner gets the Bostonian accent right and actually sounds genuine and feels very presidential in every scene he is in.

Bottom Line – Great suspenseful movie that in told in such detail that it makes you feel as if you’re in the room with JFK and his staff. Great performances all around especially by Greenwood as JFK. Highly recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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10 thoughts on “Thirteen Days (2000)

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  2. I just bought this blu ray, Rob! This is my favorite historical drama about JFK and the CMC. LOVE this movie. Glad you enjoyed it. Such a well directed film.


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