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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 27 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 10, 2001
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: New Line Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Making Of: Visual Effects Scene Deconstructions
- Audio Commentary:
- Roger Donaldson - Director, Kevin Costner - Star, David Self - Screenwriter, Michael DeLuca - Executive Producer
- John F. Kennedy, Sergei Krushchev, Ernest R. May, Philip D. Zelikow, Pierre Salinger
- ROOTS OF THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS
- BRINGING HISTORY TO THE SILVER SCREEN
- Interactive Menus: Full-Motion Menus
- Filmographies: Cast & Crew
- Biographies: Historical Figures Biographies Gallery
- Additional Text: Historical Information Subtitle Track
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood & Steven Culp|
|Performer:||Dylan Baker, Stephanie Romanov, Lucinda Jenney, Bill Smitrovich, Frank Wood, Kevin Conway, Tim Kelleher, Len Cariou & Ed Lauter|
|Directed by||Roger Donaldson|
|Edited by||Conrad Buff|
|Screenwriting by||David Self|
|Produced by||Armyan Bernstein & Peter O. Almond|
|Director of Photography:||Andrzej Bartkowiak|
|Executive Production by||Ilona Herzberg, Marc Abraham & Thomas A. Bliss|
"...The actor who steals [the film] is the one who should: Bruce Greenwood as JFK..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Ranked #10 in Entertainment Weekly's "Owen Gleiberman's BEST MOVIES OF 2000"-- "...Vividly detailed, pulse-quickening..."
"...Genuinely gripping....Virtually nonstop suspense..."
"...A very good articulation of values at a timely moment..."
"...Eerie, compelling viewing....This riveting thriller will have you talking and thinking long after the lights have gone up..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
"...Crisp and involving....Efficient and low-key, THIRTEEN DAYS takes itself seriously enough while maintaining a powerful dramatic momentum..."
"...Intelligent....Steven Culp makes a good Bobby Kennedy, sharp-edged and protective of his brother, and Dylan Baker's resemblance to McNamara is uncanny..."
"Roger Donaldson's thriller about the Cuban Missile Crisis feature a wonderfully nuanced performance by Bruce Greenwood as President John F. Kennedy..."
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.
- Theatrical release: December 20, 2000.
- THIRTEEN DAYS was shot on location in Glendale, California; Washington, D.C.; Newport, Rhode Island, and in the Philippines.
- The spectacular atomic explosions shown at the opening of THIRTEEN DAYS are the work of special effects producer, Peter Kuran.
- Among the many real-life people vividly portrayed on the screen in THIRTEEN DAYS are President Kennedy's Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara (Dylan Baker); his Secretary of State, Dean Rusk (Henry Strozier); Former Secretary of State (for President Truman), Dean Acheson (Len Cariou); UN Representative Adalai Stevenson (Michael Fairman); Admiral George Anderson (Madison Mason); General Maxwell Taylor (Bill Smitrovich); General Curtis LeMay (Kevin Conway); and Kennedy's Press Secretary, Pierre Salinger (Kelly Connell).
- Jami Bernard of the New York Times and Owen Glieberman of Entertainment Weekly named THIRTEEN DAYS one of the top ten films of 2000.
- The Broadcast Film Critics Association nominated THIRTEEN DAYS for Best Picture in 2000.
- Bruce Greenwood was named Best Supporting Actor, Drama and Conrad Buff was awarded Best Film Editing by the Golden Satellite Awards presented by the International Press Academy.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 271 ratings.
I owed a copy of this excellent retelling of what went down during those 13 fatefull days in October of 1962 during the Kennedy administration.
The CIA and The joint chiefs of staff simply lied and mis led our 35th President. Brilliantly acted by Bruce Greewood whi plays JFK.
The film recounts the whole thing . From start to finish!
I give this movie 5 Stars also stars Kevin Kostner as Kenny O'Donnel, and Stephen Culp as Robert Kennedy!
One thing that they didn't show to the viewers was that Beetle Smith who planned and executed the Bay of Pigs operation had a secret meeting with president Kennedy in which he brings with him the current news paper takes it out of his over coat pocket slams the news paper on the table and he exclaims to the startled Kennedy "Too,much damn publicity !" And that's why the mission failed! Kennedy apparently tipped off Cuba and Castrol in advance! And that was a big mistake by Kennedy!