Is The Movie Thirteen Days History or Entertainment

1990 WordsJun 25, 20188 Pages
The movie Thirteen Days is 2000 docudrama and is directed by Roger Donaldson who is Australian and tries to portray the film in a serious manor. The movie is based on the 13 days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and shows the perspective of the US political leadership, specifically Special Assistant to the president Kenny O’Donnell, President John F. Kennedy and the Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. This film is not based on the book of the same name written by Robert F. Kennedy like the first docudrama film about the Cuban Missile Crisis, The Missiles of October; this film was meticulously researched and was based on The Kennedy Tapes: inside the white house during the Cuban Missile Crisis which was written by Ernest May and Phillip…show more content…
Benjamin Svetkey asked Kevin Costner about John F. Kennedy’s first words were when he heard about the missiles in Cuba apparently he said were “F---ed again” and Costner explained that not everything could be one hundred percentage historically accurate due to age ratings of the film. This makes less historical and more entertainment, this shows that the film is being made for entertainment purposes because they are changing the film to increase the audience size. Thirteen Days has more historical inaccuracies when it comes to the Kennedys. This is because the film makes the Kennedys look iconic with the black and white scenes and through portraying them as the good guys through the whole film and having the military advisors seem like the bad guys. This film shows Robert F. Kennedy taking a more front seat role then he actually did. Thirteen Days may portray the Kennedys like this, but throughout the whole of John F. Kennedy’s presidency he always needed extensive medical treatment and this was the same through the Cuban Missile Crisis as well, ‘The Travell records show that during the 13 days in October of 1962.... Kennedy took his usual doses of anti-Spasmodics to control his colitis, antibiotics for a flare-up of his urinary-tract problem and a bout of sinusitis.’ The film does not highlight Kennedy need for this medication to be able to function and deal with the crisis. Kevin Costner plays
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