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The Missiles of October (1974)

In October 1962, the Kennedy administration struggles to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Cast

Credited cast:
William Devane ... John F. Kennedy - US President
Ralph Bellamy ... Adlai Stevenson - US Ambassador to UN
Howard Da Silva ... Nikita Khrushchev - Soviet Premier
James Hong ... U Thant - U.N. Secretary-General
Martin Sheen ... Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James T. Callahan ... David Powers - Special Assistant to the President
Peter Canon Peter Canon ... Admiral's Aide
Keene Curtis ... John McCone - Director CIA
Charles Cyphers ... Press Photographer
Clifford David ... Theodore Sorensen - Special Counsel
Francis De Sales ... Senator
John Dehner ... Dean Acheson - Former Secretary of State
Peter Donat ... David Ormsby-Gore - British Ambassador to U.S.
Andrew Duggan ... Gen. Maxwell Taylor - Army Chief of Staff
Richard Eastham ... Gen. David M. Shoup - USMC Commandant
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Storyline

Based in part on Robert F. Kennedy's book, "Thirteen Days," this film profiles the Kennedy Administration's actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Written by Anonymous

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Relive those thirteen nerve shattering days of . . . The MISSILES of OCTOBER See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

13 dagar som skakade världen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The acronym ExComm--or EXCOMM--stands for the "Executive Committee of the National Security Council" and has often been commonly abridged as just the "Executive Committee". See more »

Goofs

When President Kennedy addresses the nation, the camera is a Philips PC-70 color camera which was not available until several years later. The actual address was televised with two RCA TK-30 black-and-white cameras (the second was a backup). See more »

Quotes

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev: [thinking about President Kennedy on the other side of the world, before being interrupted again] Just now, I work and he sleeps. Then, he works and I sleep.
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Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev: Perhaps soon we both sleep...
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Excellent two-sided version of the near-catastrophe
24 July 2003 | by grand_duke_bjgSee all my reviews

This is probably the best filmed analysis ever of the events of October, 1962; as both a dramatic story and filmed history, it rises far above the recent Kenvin Costner movie "Thirteen Days", which was about the same cataclysmic event.

Significant in this version of the Cuban Missile Crisis is the portrayal of Nikita Khrushchev and his advisors, showing us some (though obviously not all) of the high level discussions on the Soviet side of the fence. The late Howard Da Silva is remarkably expressive as Khrushchev and Nehemiah Persoff excellent as Andrei Gromyko, his foreign minister.

Other cast standouts include the late John Dehner as Dean Acheson; Martin Sheen as Robert F. Kennedy; Andrew Duggan as JCS Chairman Maxwell Taylor; Ralph Bellamy as Adlai Stevenson; and, in a performance unmatched elsewhere by anyone, William Devane as John F. Kennedy.

Although anyone viewing this movie should be warned that this is docudrama and that the real history of the Cuban Missile Crisis is far more complex than even this movie shows us, it is one of, if not the, best historical recreation TV has ever given us. A definite must-see for anyone truly interested in cold-war politics.


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