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Thirteen Days 2000
PG-13

  • Roger Donaldson
  • December 24, 2000
  • 145 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Thriller
You'll never believe how close we came
Dramatisation of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the nuclear standoff with the USSR sparked by the discovery by the Americans of missle bases established on the Soviet allied island of Cuba. Shown from the perspective of the US President, John F Kennedy, his staff and advisors.

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Even when it's not 100% historically accurate, this movie is still relevant, and one of my favorite Cold Ward flicks of all time. It gets the message across, making you wonder about the hard, hard choices that Kennedy had to make in that given period of time. The development of a new diplomatic language, rules of engagement and nuclear policy as we know it today. The tension and thrill feels real (the low altitude fly-by and the U2 scenes are just great), both as a testament of those cold warriors and the way policy is made, to this day.

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A seriously underrated film, build tension incredibly, acting is fantastic (once you get used to the accents), based on historical events fairly decently.

No twists how it ends, but still an amazing tension filled ride. As long as you like the political side of things.

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