Thirteen Days

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Good historical film.

on 5/23/2005

This is a good film based on history. It is not overly dramatized (it doesn't need to be!). The acting is good. And, the DVD's features are pretty good, too. All around, a movie worth your money if you like historical dramas.

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For thirteen extraordinary days in october 1962, the world stood on the brink of an unthinkable catastrophe. After the discovery of soviet weapons in cuba, events and tension escalate between two military superpowers and within the white house.


Studio Warner
SKU 40153736
UPC 794043520228
UPC 14 00794043520228
Format DVD
Release Date 12/12/2006
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A series of beautiful but devastating atomic explosions provides a vision of gorgeous, appalling destruction that hangs ominously over the political drama of THIRTEEN DAYS. It's October 16, 1962 and, it is not just another day at the office for Kenneth O'Donnell (Kevin Costner), the Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood). The President has just been handed a series of photographs taken from a U-2 spy plane over Cuba, showing deployed Soviet missile launchers capable of firing medium-range ballistic missiles that could hit most major US cities within minutes.^THIRTEEN DAYS is a vivid dramatization of what happened in the Kennedy White House during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Seen through the eyes of O'Donnell, it is a close-up view of President Kennedy and his brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (Steven Culp), as they try to handle a crisis that has many of their closest advisors ready to wage what all feared might have been the ultimate war. The script, by David Self, is based on interviews, CIA documents, and White House tapes. Director Roger Donaldson captures the extraordinary tension in the White House as he brings to life every heart-stopping moment.
USA Today "...The actor who steals [the film] is the one who should: Bruce Greenwood as JFK..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 12/21/2000 p.1D
Entertainment Weekly Ranked #10 in Entertainment Weekly's "Owen Gleiberman's BEST MOVIES OF 2000"|-- "...Vividly detailed, pulse-quickening..." 12/22/2000 pp.106-17
Box Office "...Genuinely gripping....Virtually nonstop suspense..." 01/01/2001 p.63
Film Comment "...A very good articulation of values at a timely moment..." 01/01/2001 p.75-6
Total Film "...Eerie, compelling viewing....This riveting thriller will have you talking and thinking long after the lights have gone up..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 04/01/2001 p.86
Los Angeles Times "...Crisp and involving....Efficient and low-key, THIRTEEN DAYS takes itself seriously enough while maintaining a powerful dramatic momentum..." 12/25/2001 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...Intelligent....Steven Culp makes a good Bobby Kennedy, sharp-edged and protective of his brother, and Dylan Baker's resemblance to McNamara is uncanny..." 01/12/2001 p.29
Wall Street Journal "Roger Donaldson's thriller about the Cuban Missile Crisis feature a wonderfully nuanced performance by Bruce Greenwood as President John F. Kennedy..." 07/23/2010
Roger Donaldson
Steven Culp
Bruce Greenwood
Kevin Costner
Cast & Crew
Bruce Greenwood - Actor
Dylan Baker - Actor
Kevin Costner - Actor
Steven Culp - Actor
Ernest R. May - Based On Novel By
Philip D. Zelikow - Based On Novel By
Roger Donaldson - Director
Christopher Duddy - Director of Photography
Andrzej Bartkowiak - Director of Photography
Roger Deakins - Director of Photography
Trevor Jones - Musical Score
Marc Abraham, et al. - Producer
David Self - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 5202
UPC 00794043520228
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 147 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Thirteen Days is a good movie about a profound moment in world history... At the foundation of Thirteen Days is a story with huge stakes, high drama and built-in tension... [Greenwood's] performance is the best thing in the movie...
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Costner,Kevin
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News intelligently crafted political thriller.
Thelma Adams, US Weekly Costner at his serious-movie-star best...
David Sheehan, CBS TV One of the best films of the year.

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