DVD 145 mins IMDB 7.3 (12,958 votes)
Thirteen Days
New Line Cinema (2000)
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(2002 )
Drama, Thriller, War
USA  /  English

Kevin Costner Kenny O'Donnell, Special Assistant to the President
Bruce Greenwood President John F. Kennedy
Steven Culp Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy
Dylan Baker Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense
Michael Fairman Adlai Stevenson, US Ambassador to the UN
Henry Strozier Dean Rusk, Secretary of State
Frank Wood McGeorge Bundy, National Security Advisor
Kevin Conway Gen. Curtis LeMay, Air Force Chief of Staff
Tim Kelleher Ted Sorensen, Special Counsel to the President
Len Cariou Dean Acheson, Foreign Policy Advisor
Shawn Driscoll U-2 Pilot
Drake Cook Mark O'Donnell
Lucinda Jenney Helen O'Donnell
Caitlin Wachs Kathy O'Donnell
Jon Foster Kenny O'Donnell, Jr.
Matthew Dunn Kevin O'Donnell
Kevin O'Donnell NPIC Photo Interpreter
Janet Coleman Evelyn Lincoln
Bruce Thomas Floyd
Stephanie Romanov Jacqueline Kennedy
Dakin Matthews Arthur Lundahl
Liz Sinclair Kenny's Assistant #1

Director Roger Donaldson
Producer Armyan Bernstein; Kevin Costner; Peter O. Almond
Writer Ernest R. May; Philip D. Zelikow; David Self
Cinematography Andrzej Bartkowiak; Roger Deakins; Christopher Duddy
Musician Trevor Jones
User Credit 1 Conrad Buff IV
User Credit 2 Isis Mussenden

Director Roger Donaldson teams up with star Kevin Costner for another political thriller (after their 1987 pairing, No Way Out), only this time with a film based on the actual events surrounding the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, taking place during the titular thirteen days wherein the U.S. and the Soviet Union nearly engaged in full-scale nuclear war. After President John F. Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood) is shown photographs from a spy plane detailing the presence of missiles in Cuba capable of obliterating massive areas of the U.S., he must immediately decide the most effective course of action for the country. With the aid of best friend and special assistant Kenny O'Donnell (Kevin Costner) and brother Robert (Steven Culp), the President must avoid a dire chain of events that could be dictated by General Curtis LeMay (Kevin Conway), who would rather take immediate action and invade Cuba. After initial reticence about leaking the information to the nation, President Kennedy eventually tells of the conflict, leading to widespread panic and a blockade of Cuba. With the aid of Robert McNamara (Dylan Baker) and Adlai Stevenson (Michael Fairman), the leaders must find a way to alleviate the tension of the situation. Thirteen Days also features Walter Adrian as Lyndon Johnson. — Jason Clark

Edition Details
Barcode 794043520228
Region Region 1
Chapters 32
Release Date 2/3/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Brief strong language.
User Text 2 You'll Never Believe How Close We Came
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Trivia: The second movie about President Kennedy in which Kevin Costner stars as someone other than Kennedy. The first was JFK (1991). (more)

Goofs: Anachronisms: Though set in 1962, a US Naval Air Base has a post-1978 International S-Series fuel tanker. (more)

Quotes: Robert F. Kennedy: We've got a bunch of smart guys. We lock 'em in a room and kick 'em in the ass until they come up with some solutions! (more)

Awards: 3 wins & 7 nominations (more)