The Missiles of October
What's it About
Pushed to the brink when he learns the Soviet Union is installing
missile silos in Cuba, President John F. Kennedy (Devane) tries to
embark on a diplomatic solution that will safeguard American security
and avoid the possibility of a nuclear engagement. As he faces a host
of difficult decisions that could alter the course of history, we
follow Kennedy and his closest advisers, including brother Bobby
(Sheen), in their darkest hour, as they wrestle with the ethical and
political implications of various strategies to end the showdown.
Why we love it
Interspersed with newsreel footage to heighten its gripping realism, Page's riveting and groundbreaking made-for-TV docudrama reaches for "you-are-there" verisimilitude in its depiction of the thirteen days in October 1962 when JFK agonized over whether to go to war with Russia, a time when the world came close to nuclear annihilation. Well-scripted and directed with nail-biting intensity by Page, "Missiles" boasts tremendous performances by Devane, Sheen, and Howard Da Silva as Premier Khrushchev. See it before (or in spite of) the more Hollywood-ized Kevin Costner vehicle, "Thirteen Days."