Thirteen Days

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  • There’s No Old Wise Man - There’s Just Us: Thirteen Days

    May 25, 2004 by George_Chabot is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Story, Direction, Acting
    Cons: More people need to see this

    Summary: ”Never… was so much owed by so many to so few.” Winston Churchill Thirteen Days (2000) When I was a kid back in the late fifties and sixties the threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union was a very real fear. New ... read more

  • A brush with our own petard

    Jul 26, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Tight plot, good acting, based on a real-life situation.
    Cons: A trifle melodramatic and no recognition of U.S. responsibility in causing the crisis.

    Summary: The emphasis in this movie is on how close we came to a nuclear war with the USSR, but just as interesting is the interior battle between JFK and the military. At this point in his presidency, Kennedy (and the rest of his family) were untested and ... read more

  • Thirteen Days is a riveting look at the Cuban Missile Crisis

    Jul 31, 2004 by alexdg1 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It's a fascinating account of the Cold War's most perilous crisis.
    Cons: It doesn't fit into the average moviegoer's notions of a "must see" film.

    Summary: It is October 1962. A Strategic Air Command U-2 recce aircraft is flying high over Cuba on a classified photo recon mission. Over San Cristobal, the pilot looks through his viewfinder and sees signs of unusual yet familiar activity: the Soviets are ... read more

  • "Thirteen Days" -- an excellent DVD, an underrated film.

    Apr 7, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Marvelous direction, suspense, realistic detailing of the times, ensemble.
    Cons: Costner; some black and white sequencing that was a little confusing.

    Summary: The Cuban Missile crisis, so dubbed, refers to thirteen days in October, 1962. Reeling from the failure of a CIA operation (the so-called “Bay of Pigs” operation) to invade Cuba and assassinate Castro, then president John F. Kennedy’s hand ... read more

  • Flirting with Disaster

    May 26, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Casting of Greenwood/Culp, editing, Donaldson's direction.
    Cons: Unlikely to be an accurate representation of the actual facts.

    Summary: "Thirteen Days" Is the terrifying true story of the time that nearly saw nuclear conflict between the worlds two big superpowers in 1962. With the Cold War in full effect between the US and the USSR, tensions are strained when a U-2 pilot takes photos of ... read more

  • Thirteen Days....On Pins and Needles

    Oct 24, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Gripping, compelling, and fascinating retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
    Cons: Big liberties taken with historical figures. Costner's horrible accent.

    Summary: I went into this movie knowing very little about the actual historical events surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. I knew it involved the United States, President John F. Kennedy, Cuba, Russia, and Kruschev. I walked away well-informed and also a bit ... read more

  • The World Stood Still

    Sep 5, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Superb historical drama; considerable tension; Bruce Greenwood's portrayal of JFK
    Cons: Long and highly involved; Costner's Boston accent is somewhat suspect

    Summary: Between October 16th and 29th, 1962, the world stood still on the brink of World War III. When a U-2 spy plane doing a high-level survey of Cuba spotted Soviet missile batteries being set up on that island, the United States was forced to take on its ... read more

  • Do you know the whole story?

    Jul 15, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great story.Excellent Cast.A well done history lesson.
    Cons: None

    Summary: The story of the Cuban Missile Crisis is covered in every American high school history class. I remember reading about the cold war and how this was the closest we ever came to engaging in a nuclear exchange with Russia. I also remember that was about ... read more

  • ::DVD: You Won't Believe How Close I Came....To Turning This Movie Off::

    Jun 27, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: ::Interesting story. Infinifilm Extras::
    Cons: ::Costner's horrible accent. Pacing, some dialogue::

    Summary: Now-a-days, America is looking for patriotic movies that capture the victories as well as hardships of this country. Thirteen Days was released a little more a year ago about events that happens close to forty years ago, but our interests ... read more

  • Oh Dear Kev, Where'd You Find That Accent?

    Feb 20, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: I'm so blighted by Costner's very ordinary performance I can't find one
    Cons: Two words: Kevin Costner

    Summary: I guess making a historical movie, the events of which are burnt into the retinas of recent generations, in which the ending and events leading thereto are well known, must always be a challenge. Being able to then build tension and drama may be a sign ... read more

  • Didn't Last 13 Minutes!

    Jan 13, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: At least the two guys portraying the Kennedy brothers resemble them well.
    Cons: Costner's pathetic Massachusetts accent attempt, language like crazy.

    Summary: When my husband and I picked up "Thirteen Days", we were expecting a thoughtful piece on a tumultous period of history that shook up the entire country. A time neither of us is old enough to have experienced first-hand, but which both of us know was ... read more

  • Oh if was only so easy like back in the good old days.

    Oct 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Better than the History Channel.
    Cons: Bahstan accent by Costner!

    Summary: Although is may be hard to turn off cable news with all that is going on these days, this movie is well worth your time to contemplate what happens when war pushes your back against the wall. This is a splendid history docu-drama about the Cuban Missile ... read more

  • Profiles In Courage

    Oct 19, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: First-rate cast, direction, sets, script, historical accuracy and outstanding DVD features
    Cons: Some important information was left out, but the film is nearly flawless

    Summary: Where were you on September 11, 2001? I remember where I was. It's a memory that I won't soon forget, because it was when a phase in my life ended. I was taking a tour of the Dietz and Watson lunchmeat plant in Philadelphia with ... read more

  • A Heartbeat Away from World War III

    Oct 2, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well-crafted script and solid, understated performances.
    Cons: Long, will not hold the attention of the action/adventure crowd.

    Summary: In my high school history classes, we never made it to the Cuban Missile Crisis. We were lucky to get as far as the American Civil War. In college, I found myself drawn to the classes dealing with ancient history. So I grew to ... read more

  • The movie about an event that saved life as we know it

    Sep 2, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Exciting, seemed fairly realistic
    Cons: A little long

    Summary: Thirteen Days is an exciting movie that has mostly good parts, although it has a few annoyances. It describes the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis and tells of how close we got to going into World War III with the Soviets. Of course, we are ... read more

  • 13 Days: A Good Movie.

    Sep 1, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good portrayal of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
    Cons: Some invented history, role of O'Donnell, portrayal of RFK.

    Summary: 1962 saw one of the most dramatic political and historical scenarios in history, The Cuban Missile Crisis. The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of those “close calls” in history where we found ourselves at the brink of nuclear war. It was one of the most ... read more

  • MEN OF GOOD WILL...praise God and Pass the Ammunition!

    Aug 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Story attempts historical accuracy, documentation is impressive, gets your attention
    Cons: Performances are consistent with the characters created for the movie, but not with history

    Summary: For anyone who was alive during the Cuban Missile Crisis, this movie is a must see. I am glad I was able to watch it at home; one hundred and forty seven minutes is about an hour more than my usual attention span. In spite of the length, the movie is ... read more

  • Costner and JFK team up again!

    Jul 31, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent script and superb acting
    Cons: The accents are hard to believe.

    Summary: Instead of investigating the death of one of our greatest presidents, Kevin Costner has decided to work with him. In the movie Thirteen Days, Kevin plays the special assistant to John Kennedy. The United States is still recovering from the failed Bay ... read more

  • 13 Days is awesome.

    Jul 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Greatly done. Good Accents.
    Cons: None.

    Summary: Thirteen days is an excellent idea for a movie and was excellently done. This movie was flawless and will capture your attention. I bought this movie right when it came out. I saw this movie because I was interested in JFK and this event. Anyone ... read more

  • Historic Fiction

    Jul 29, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good political movie
    Cons: Not much action

    Summary: I was fairly impressed with Thirteen Days, although a major dissapointment for me was the lack of action and too much political content.The story illustrates the thirteen days that were the Cuban Missile crisis through the president's top advisor ... read more

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