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Thirteen Days [DVD] [2001]

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  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Shawn Driscoll, Drake Cook, Lucinda Jenney
  • Directors: Roger Donaldson
  • Writers: David Self, Ernest R. May, Philip D. Zelikow
  • Producers: Kevin Costner, Armyan Bernstein, Eli Jane, Ilona Herzberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb. 2002
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U1XK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,063 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Audio Commentary - Historical
Deleted Scenes - Includes full commentary
Introduction to Visual Effects
Multi-angle Scene
Historical Documentary - "Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis"
Production Documentary - "Bringing History to the Screen"
Biographical Sketches
Theatrical Trailer
Historical Information Track
Cast and Crew Filmographies

Languages: Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Subtitles: English/ English for the hearing impaired
Widescreen Format 1.85:1

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On its theatrical release Thirteen Days was pummelled by American critics for taking liberties with the facts of the Cuban missile crisis and smothering its compelling drama with phoney Boston accents by its primary stars. But anyone who enjoys taut, intelligent political thrillers will find little to complain about here. Co-star and co-producer Kevin Costner drew criticism for fictionally enhancing the White House role of presidential aide Kenneth O'Donnell, but while Costner's Boston accent may be grating, his fine performance as O'Donnell offers expert witness to the crisis, its nerve-wracking escalation and the efforts of John F Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood) and Robert F Kennedy (Steven Culp) to negotiate a peaceful settlement with Russia. While Soviet missiles approach operational status in Cuba, director Roger Donaldson (who directed Costner in No Way Out) cuts to exciting US Navy flights over the missile site, ramping up the tension that history itself provided. Donaldson's occasional use of black and white is self-consciously distracting, and he's further guilty of allowing a shrillness (along with repetitive, ominous shots of nuclear explosions) to invade the urgency of David Self's screenplay. Still, as Hollywood history lessons go, Thirteen Days is riveting stuff. You may find yourself wondering what might happen if reality presented a repeat scenario under less intelligent leadership.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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In short, this is the best dramatisation in existence of JFK's presidential term. Although it was slammed by some critics for taking liberties with historical fact (namely Kenny O'Donnell filling in for numerous other presidential aids), this film is remarkably accurate and manages to maintain a strong air of suspense. To most people, the Cuban Missle Crisis is nothing but a paragraph in an old history text book but Thirteen Days brings it to life perfectly.
Kevin Costner's Boston accent is a little too strong in some scenes. We all know this, he's so bad at accents it's almost funny (see Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) but that hardly derives from the film as a whole thanks to his excellent co-stars.
Steven Culp is utterly convincing as the slightly awkward Attorney General Robert Kennedy but it is Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood who should have got an Oscar nomination (the film recieved none due to it's lack of box office success). Greenwood nails the mannerisms and actions of JFK flawlessly and shows Kennedy as a man plagued by huge decisions, each of which could be fatal for all concerned (ie everyone).
Thirteen Days is a superbly made film which will impress you whatever you may think about Kevin Costner.
I'm also recommending the soundtrack
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As a history student and a Kennedy fan this film was a must for me!! I was slightly dubious before watching this as to its historical accuracy but this film is by no means inaccurate. Yes there are a few embellished details but all in all this is almost accurate, The role of O'Donnell has been enhanced but the roles of Jack and Bobby Kennedy have been in no way exaggerated. They really were this important in pretty much saving the world from nuclear war!!
This film is a taut, gripping thriller, which even though most viewers will know the outcome of the crisis, still has you sat on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen and marvelling at how close we actaully came to nuclear war. The performances of the main stars has to be admired as all gave fine performances. Costner was fine as O'Donnell, though his accent was a little annoying. The real stars of the film, despite Costner's top billing, were Greenwood and Culp. Greenwood had quite obviously painstakingly studied tapes of Kennedy as his mannerisms were spot on and Culp as Bobby was completely fantastic. I had to look twice to check it wasnt actually Bobby Kennedy he had the mannerisms, attitude and even the voice off perfectly.
All in all this is a highly enjoyable film about a fascinating time that hasnt been ruined by the embellishments and fantascism of Hollywood! Well worth a look!
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Based on real events -
The world really did hold it's breath, October 1962, the Russians were
setting up nuclear launch sites on America's doorstep, 'Cuba' leading
to perhaps the most dangerous stand-off between the worlds major powers
'Russia' and 'America'
'John F Kennedy and his brother 'Bobby' along with special assistant
'Kenneth O'Donnell' and a host of political and military advisers struggle
to find a solution and hold their nerve as the threat of nuclear was
seemingly imminent and unavoidable.....the threat was truly real.
J.F.K and his team had to find a way to persuade 'Secretary Nikita Khrushchev'
to remove the warheads from 'Fidel Castro's' communist 'Cuba'
Among the options, 'First Strike' advised by some of the U.S military staff,
this option, to destroy the weapons in Cuba would almost certainly trigger
a nuclear apocalypse, a deadly WW3.
J.F.K. gambles that the Russians do not really want this, the biggest gamble
the world has ever seen.
A clever use of occasional Black and White sequences to create the atmosphere
of those times.
The film is perhaps one of the most dramatic and intense accounts of a significant
historical event ever brought to screen.
The World was on the brink of a nuclear apocalypse, though I was a mere Teen back
then, it was an impossible issue to ignore, we did expect a war.
The picture and sound quality is good on this year 2000 drama.
The Blu-Ray version is currently available on 'Amazon' via both U.S and German
traders, I bought the U.
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"Communicate with the Soviets? We can't communicate with the Pentagon - and it's just across the river!"

October 1962, for 13 days the American government fought to avert a nuclear war when it was discovered that the Soviet Union had deployed nuclear missiles in Cuba. This is that story.

Many superlatives can be chucked at Thirteen Days, and all are viable. In simple terms it's an intelligent and gripping political thriller, superbly scripted and performed by a cast firing on all cylinders. It's a treat to find a film of this type that educates while it pitches you into a world of political intrigue, to provoke real life thoughts even as the suspense takes a hold. Yes it's talky, of course it is, but these conversations are real and riveting. And while there's not a duff performance in the acting pack, Bruce Greenwood deserves special praise. He is the leader, the fulcrum, there's not a false note by him, JFK becoming the role he was born to play.

Superlatives were invented for films like Thirteen Days. Assuredly so. 9.5/10
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