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Thirteen Days is a 2000 historical film directed by Roger Donaldson about the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, seen from the perspective of the USmarker political leadership.

While the movie carries the same name as the book Thirteen Days by Robert F. Kennedy, it is actually based on The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis by Ernest May and Philip Zelikow.


Most of the movie takes place in the White Housemarker, focusing on the decision-making process as President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert confront the military, who are pushing for an invasion of Cuba as a reaction to the installation of missiles there by the Soviet Unionmarker. Most of the film deals not so much with the Cold War between the Superpowers so much as the conflict between the civilian and military authorities over the correct strategy to pursue. The film is structured so that much of it is seen from the perspective of White House special assistant Kenny O'Donnell, played by Kevin Costner.


New Line Cinema was one of the production companies, alongside Kevin Costner's company Tig Productions and Armyan Bernstein's Beacon Communications. The film was given a limited release in late December 2000, but wide release did not occur until January 2001, with a staggered release to various countries throughout most of the year.


The film holds a 83% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes


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External links

  • Thirteen Days in 145 minutes – commentary by Ernest R. May, Harvard professor who wrote the book on which it was based, on the accuracy of the movie
  • White House Museum - How accurate was the movie recreation of the architecture and floor plan of the actual White House (review)

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