History Film / ThirteenDays

27th Jan '17 3:11:57 PM TimG5
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* NoHarmRequirement: During the CubanMissileCrisis as the NavalBlockade around Cuba goes into effect, the destroyer USS ''Pierce'' is suddenly confronted by a Soviet submarine sent to escort the freighters past the blockade. The ''Pierce'' can't intercept the freighters without exposing itself to the sub. President Kennedy contacts the destroyer's skipper personally and asks if he can force the sun to the surface without damaging it, since they're trying to keep a war from starting. He responds they can get it to the surface, but whether it's damaged is up to the sub. Kennedy then orders him to force it up. But then the Soviets ships start stopping, and Kennedy cancels the order.
8th Jan '17 12:17:35 PM Morgenthaler
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* SinsOfOurFathers: The fact that Jack and Bobby's father is Joseph P. Kennedy, who was ambassador to Britain on the eve of WorldWar2 and was a major advocate of the policy of appeasement towards Nazi Germany, is used several times in the movie by those who wanted a tougher stance made on the Soviets and thought that Kennedy was being too soft.

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* SinsOfOurFathers: The fact that Jack and Bobby's father is Joseph P. Kennedy, who was ambassador to Britain on the eve of WorldWar2 UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 and was a major advocate of the policy of appeasement towards Nazi Germany, is used several times in the movie by those who wanted a tougher stance made on the Soviets and thought that Kennedy was being too soft.
19th Nov '16 4:14:45 PM mikey300
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** Also invoked as to why, following President Kennedy's huge verbal spat with Generals Powell and [=LeMay=] over DEFCON status, the administration can't just fire them as Bobby suggests - it risks looking like there had been an attempted coup (it's not made clear who would be couping whom, but it would look ''really'' bad either way) and in any case would seriously weaken the US's bargaining position by making its military strength look compromised.

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** Also invoked as to why, following President Kennedy's huge verbal spat with Generals Powell [=Power=] and [=LeMay=] over DEFCON status, the administration can't just fire them as Bobby suggests - it risks looking like there had been an attempted coup (it's not made clear who would be couping whom, but it would look ''really'' bad either way) and in any case would seriously weaken the US's bargaining position by making its military strength look compromised.
1st Sep '16 12:34:04 AM JackG
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* FireForgedFriends: When a senior KGB official makes a back channel piece offer allegedly from Khrushchev, the Americans have to decide if it's genuine. They decide it is on finding evidence that the two served together during WW2.



** The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Anderson, while at the Pentagon monitoring the caro ships is at first downright condescending to his civilian boss, Secretary of Defense Robert [=McNamara=]. However, as AuthorityEqualsAsskicking this gets reversed.

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** The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Anderson, while at the Pentagon monitoring the caro cargo ships is at first downright condescending to his civilian boss, Secretary of Defense Robert [=McNamara=]. However, as AuthorityEqualsAsskicking this gets reversed.
27th Jul '16 5:51:06 AM morenohijazo
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* MonochromeToColor: The film has a number of scenes which are black-and-white, as much of the news coverage of the day was, and one sequence has Jack and Bobby Kennedy and Kenny O'Donnell discussing their dire situation in monochrome, then as they march to the Situation Room to begin dealing with it the color fades in.
23rd Jul '16 10:42:03 PM LeithSol
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** Kennedy felt this way about the airstrike action in dealing with the missile sites. His reaction to being told by his military advisors that after such airstrikes the Soviet response would be to do nothing was to repeat "''Nothing?!''" in an incredulous tone of voice that he is expected to believe the absurd idea that the Soviets would simply on their hands after their enemy commits a blatant act of war:

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** Kennedy felt this way about the airstrike action in dealing with the missile sites. His reaction to being told by his military advisors that after such airstrikes the Soviet response would be to do nothing was to repeat "''Nothing?!''" in an incredulous tone of voice that he is expected to believe the absurd idea that the Soviets would simply sit on their hands after their enemy commits a blatant act of war:
17th Apr '16 5:21:54 PM Parable
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->''"If one of their ships resists the inspection, and we shoot out its rudder and board it. They shoot down one of our planes, in response. So we bomb their anti-aircraft sites - in response to that... they attack Berlin. So we invade Cuba... and they fire their missiles... and we fire ours..."''

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->''"If ->''"Say one of their ships resists the inspection, and we shoot out its rudder and board it. They shoot down one of our planes, in response. So we bomb their anti-aircraft sites - in response to that... they attack Berlin. So we invade Cuba... and they fire their missiles... and we fire ours..."''
24th Mar '16 3:15:39 PM RyuHimora
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** The intent was that all historical fact, such as the U-2 being shot down, was presented in black and white, while the events the writers made up for the movie are shown in color.
4th Jan '16 4:20:35 PM LaurelHS
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* TrickedIntoSigning: One of O'Donnell's sons asks him to sign a school permission slip at breakfast while he's reading the newspaper and talking to the other kids. It doesn't work; despite being distracted and in a rush, O'Donnell actually looks at the paper and sees that it's his son's report card and that it contains some bad grades.
6th Dec '15 6:35:09 PM kchishol
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** Kennedy felt this way about the airstrike action in dealing with the missile sites. His reaction to being told by his military advisors that after such airstrikes the Soviet response would be to do nothing was to repeat "''Nothing?!''" in an incredulous tone of voice.

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** Kennedy felt this way about the airstrike action in dealing with the missile sites. His reaction to being told by his military advisors that after such airstrikes the Soviet response would be to do nothing was to repeat "''Nothing?!''" in an incredulous tone of voice.voice that he is expected to believe the absurd idea that the Soviets would simply on their hands after their enemy commits a blatant act of war:
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