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Roger Donaldson

Thirteen Days

Director Roger Donaldson Composer Trevor Jones Cast Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Shawn Driscoll
Edition 2024
145' - 2000 - Drama, Thriller - Dialogue: Russian, Spanish, English, Romanian
Everything you wanted to know about the most terrifying period in modern history: the 13-day Cuban missile crisis that dragged the US and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war. As a behind-the-scenes of possibly world-ending politics, Roger Donaldson's reconstruction is a nerve-wracking nail-biter.
Docudrama in which Roger Donaldson reconstructs the 13 days in November 1962 of the Cuban missile crisis, a showdown between the two superpowers, the USA and the USSR, that dragged the world to the precipice of nuclear catastrophe. What we get to see is based on leaked tapes of reports from the White House, where the crisis was painstakingly managed. Protagonists are President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Secretary of Justice Robert F. Kennedy but also their prominent adviser Kenny O'Donnell (Kevin Costner) who acts as a quasi third brother. The nerve-wracking behind-the-scenes battle is fought on several fronts, in the Oval Office, the Pentagon, the United Nations and the Soviet embassy in Washington. JFK must confront not only Moscow but also his generals who sometimes seem to be live versions of the trigger happy caricatures from Dr. Strangelove.

Tickets & screenings: from 19 September 2024.

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Roger Donaldson


Trevor Jones


Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Shawn Driscoll


David Self

Director of Photography

Andrzej Bartkowiak


Conrad Buff IV


Peter O. Almond, Armyan Bernstein, Kevin Costner

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Russian, Spanish, English, Romanian

Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

"The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis" (Ernest R. May & Philip D. Zelikow)