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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well acted - but flawed., 22 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Thirteen Days [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
This film tells the story of the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 60's from within The White House.
Brilliantly acted by the 3 main leads (once you get over Costners irritating voice - which I assume was accurate), the film is a very interesting look at the 13 days that nearly changed the face of the world we live in now. Its interesting to see exactly how close 'we' came to nuclear war.
Only a couple of criticisms of the film is that (for me) the tension didn't build. Thats partly because we 'know' the end result, however i feel it could still have been cranked up a bit. And it would seem everytime the director introduces another historical figure, it all goes black and white??? The first time this happened, I assumed my dvd was faulty.
As for accuracy - who knows, Hollywood has a knack for 'exaggeration' during historical retellings, and it did feel a little 'too' pro-US (the Russians cant have been COMPLETELY to blame surely?) but either way, this is a very interesting, well acted and enjoyable movie.
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2007, 08:47:15 GMT
F. Mugavero says:
Well...uhm, the Russians planted the missiles there, 90 miles off the US shoreline. So...yeah, they were kinda' the bad guys. Dontcha' hate it when the Americans aren't just total scumbags?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2010, 18:10:33 BST
Yeah but what do you think prompted this, could it possibly have been America planting nuclear weapons throughout the western bloc? Could Russia's actions have been a direct consequence to the placing of nuclear warheads in Turkey, just the other side of the Black Sea, those that were secretly taken away in the settlement which ended the crisis? I don't think a crisis like this could ever be so simple as the good guys vs. the bad guys, sorry.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2010, 22:19:41 GMT
Lathion says:
The Soviets did use Turkey as an excuse for their actions but it's not really the same thing. Cuba is less than a 100 miles from Florida (and a little over 200 miles from Miami). The missiles in Turkey were about 500 miles from Soviet land and much much farther than that for any city the Russians actually cared about. At the end of the day, it's all about response times.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2012, 14:22:27 GMT
Rich says:
At the end of the day it was actually all about nonsensical oneupmanship and brinkmanship.
"I've got 20 missiles."
"Oh yeah? Well I'm going to have 30."
"Yeah? OK I'm going to have 50 then."
"Right, 60."
"90."
And so on, ad nauseum. If it wasn't so serious, it'd be funny.
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