Thirteen Days

Corrected entry: There is a scene in a movie when Russian techs dressed into chemical protection suits are fueling the missiles. The problem is that Russian missiles that are shown in the movie use liquid fuel that is highly corrosive (that is one of the reasons the techs are wearing protection suits). So, according to the Soviet Army regulations, missiles are fueled only on one occasion - if they are to be launched as soon as the fueling is done. But there are no nuclear attacks in the movie, though there had to be some, as those missiles can't be stored in a fueled state. As for the real life, according to the Soviet officers who were on Cuba during the real Missile Crisis, no orders concerning preemptive nuclear strike against US were given and the missiles were never fueled.

Correction: In the movie, it is never made clear that these missiles were actually being fueled, even though fueling hoses were attached to the missiles. It would be quite common to have fueling drills, with the crew in full gear, even though no fuel would actually be passed into the missiles.


Continuity mistake: On the Pentagon the plot shows the USS John R Pierce intercepting the two Soviet ship but the marker on the plot says DD722 (it is upside down). DD722 was the USS Barton whilst the Pierce is correctly shown in the external shots as DD753. (01:12:25)

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Kenny O'Donnell: That's going to be tough - you know how these guys are about their chains of command.
President Kennedy: Listen, you tell 'em those chains of command end at one place: me.

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Trivia: This is the second JFK-related film starring Kevin Costner in which he has played someone other than Kennedy. The first was 'JFK'.

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