Thirteen Days
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For thirteen extraordinary days in October of 1962, the world stood on the brink of an unthinkable catastrophe. Across the globe, people anxiously awaited the outcome of a harrowing political, diplomatic and military confrontation that threatened to end in an apocalyptic nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union. The alarming escalation of events during those fateful days brought to the fore such public figures as Robert McNamara, Adlai Stevenson, Theodore Sorenson, Andrei Gromyko, Anatoly Dobrynin, McGeorge Bundy, Dean Acheson, Dean Rusk, and General Curtis LeMay. In… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Thirteen Days is a good movie about a profound moment in world history."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"An outstanding movie for families with older kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Suspenseful and efficient--to the point that it feels like a soulless, though remarkably well-calibrated, machine."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Mesmo recriando um incidente histórico, o filme funciona bem como thriller político e traz duas ótimas atuações de Greenwood e Culp."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The story is so gripping and the ensemble performances so dominating that Donaldson really manages to disguise the fact that the movie is just a succession of conversations between middle-aged white men."
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Who would've thought this nearly 40-year-old piece of history could be turned into such a riveting motion picture?"
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"a slightly more accurate mythology of the Cuban Missile Crisis"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"An unblinking chronicle of the world on the eve of destruction."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Thirteen Days is a gripping history lesson and a good character study, but also just a well-cast, well-executed film."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Walking out of the movie, our historical knowledge was improved only a whit - now we know the entire shebang lasted 13 days. And I knew that from the preview!"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Thirteen Days is more suspenseful than the car crashes and breathless chases of most run-of-the-mill action movies."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
""Days" terrifically evinces those days' timorous uncertainty of whether Red dread over ending the world matched Yankee angst. The knowing glances at its conclusion speak volumes: The planet's lucky break had only to do with random chance."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Thirteen Days will not satisfy young viewers looking for a thriller or older audiences eager to look behind the scenes of an unforgettable two weeks in history."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Why hire a star, or 'allow' a star to hire himself, and then give him nothing to do? Why hire a star who doesn't seem able to do much to begin with?"
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"A fitting dramatic tribute to the deadly brinksmanship that pulled us back from the edge during the most volatile two weeks of the Cold War."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
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