[FPSPACE] Review comments on the new film Thirteen Days?
Dwayne Allen Day
Fri, 12 Jan 2001 12:30:55 -0500 (EST)
On Fri, 12 Jan 2001, Larry Klaes wrote:
> Has anyone seen the new film on the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
> titled Thirteen Days? I would love to read review comments
> from this list.
It gets a decent review in today's Washington Post:
Viewers should beware that the main character in the movie, played by
Kevin Costner, was actually only a minor character in the actual
crisis. Other people played much bigger roles than this guy.
The Post reviewer says that the film does not really demonize the
Russians. If there is anybody who comes out looking badly, it is US Air
Force Chief of Staff Curtis LeMay, who wants to run off and start World
War III in the film. The problem with this is that LeMay was never
nuts. I've gone through his papers and while he was a Cold Warrior to the
core, he was not reckless or crazy. (As the Post's reviewer also notes,
LeMay is ridiculed by a lot of people these days who forget that he
actually did a lot of heavy lifting for them during World War II, the
Berlin Crisis, and the early Cold War.)