Release Year: 2000
Director: Roger Donaldson
Writers: David Self (screenplay), Ernest R May & Philip D. Zelikow (based on their 1997 book The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis)
Starring: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Steven Culp, Dylan Baker, Lucinda Jenney, Jon Foster, Frank Wood, Dakin Matthews, Bill Smitrovich, Henry Strozier, Michael Fairman, Tim Kelleher, Kevin Conway, Elya Baskin, Olek Krupa, Ed Lauter
In October 1962, the Kennedy administration struggles to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis and avoid a nuclear war.
This intense historical drama gives a insider look at the thirteen days in October 1962 where the world came awfully close to nuclear war. Based on a book which drew heavily on the White House recordings made by President Kennedy, the film attempts verisimilitude to such a degree that much of the dialogue is lifted word for word from those tapes. Costner (Open Range, 2003) stars a Kenneth O’Donnell, political advisor to the president, and we see this high-level political game from his slightly more mundane perspective. Greenwood (Star Trek, 2009) delivers a great interpretation of one of the most iconic US presidents of the 20th century, whereas Culp (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2014) gives him great support as his indispensable brother and secretary of state Robert Kennedy. Although the end is known to all, the film still manages to keep us on the edge of our seats and gives a real sense of being that very centre of one of the great crises of the Cold War. A strong script, a good flow, great performances, this is a strong history movie which will please history fans as well as those who like political dramas. Recommended!
It is a widely accepted fact that Kevin Costner failed the test of then notoriously difficult Boston accent. In fact, a “Kevin Costner accent” is local slang for a non-Bostonian doing the accent poorly.
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