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Genres: Drama, History, Thriller
Tagline: You'll Never Believe How Close We Came
Plot Outline The film is set during the two-week Cuban missile crisis in October of 1962, and it centers on how President John F. Kennedy, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and others handled the explosive situation.
Plot Synopsis: In October, 1962, U-2 surveillance photos reveal that the Soviet Union is in the process of placing nuclear weapons in Cuba. These weapons have the capability of wiping out most of the Eastern and Southern United States in minutes if they become operational. President John F. Kennedy and his advisors must come up with a plan of action against the Soviets. Kennedy is determined to show that he is strong enough to stand up to the threat, and the Pentagon advises U.S. military strikes against Cuba--which could lead the way to another U.S. invasion of the island. However, Kennedy is reluctant to follow through, because a U.S. invasion could cause the Soviets to retaliate in Europe. A nuclear showdown appears to be almost inevitable. Can it be prevented?
Actors: Shawn Driscoll, Kevin Costner, Drake Cook, Lucinda Jenney, Caitlin Wachs, See more
Directors: Roger Donaldson
Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: New Line Home Video
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2001
Run Time: 147 minutes
Average Customer Review: based on 219 reviews. (Write a review.)
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Commentary by: Kevin Costner, director Roger Donaldson, writer David Self, and executive producer Michael De LucaUnknown Format
Historical Commentary - John F. Kennedy, Sergei Khrushchev, Ernest R. May, Philip D. Zelikow and Pierre Salinger and historical speeches
Documentaries: Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis; Bringing History to the Silver Screen
Visual effects scene deconstructions: Computer generated photo-realistic flight - Multiangle; Integration of archival footage into Final Film - multiangle
Historical figures biography gallery
Deleted scenes with director commentary
DVD ROM: Script to screen