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The Missiles of October

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Genre  Docudrama
First episode date  December 18, 1974
Country  USA
8.2/10 IMDb

Director  Anthony Page
Language  English
The Missiles of October movie poster

Release date  18 December 1974
Writer  Stanley R. Greenberg, Robert F. Kennedy (book)
Network  American Broadcasting Company
Cast  William Devane (President John F. Kennedy), Ralph Bellamy (U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson), Howard Da Silva (Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev), James Hong (U.N. Secretary-General U Thant), Martin Sheen (Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy), James T. Callahan (David Powers, Special Assistant to the President)
Similar movies  Thirteen Days (2000), RFK (2002), Martin Sheen appears in The Missiles of October and Bobby, An American Affair (2009), The Kennedys (2011)
Tagline  The most powerful docudrama ever produced on The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Missiles of October is a 1974 docudrama made-for-television play about the Cuban Missile Crisis. The title evokes the book The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman about the missteps amongst the great powers and the failed chances to give an opponent a graceful way out, which led to the First World War. The teleplay introduced William Devane as John F. Kennedy and cast Martin Sheen as United States Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. The script is based on Robert Kennedy's book Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis.


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  • William Devane as John F. Kennedy, President of the United States
  • Martin Sheen as Robert F. Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General
  • Howard Da Silva as Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Premier
  • Ralph Bellamy as Adlai Stevenson, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Michael Lerner as Pierre Salinger, White House Press Secretary
  • Clifford David as Theodore Sorensen, White House Counsel
  • John Dehner as Dean Acheson, former U.S. Secretary of State
  • Nehemiah Persoff as Andrei Gromyko, Soviet Foreign Minister
  • Albert Paulsen as Anatoly Dobrynin, Soviet Ambassador to the United States
  • Dana Elcar as Robert McNamara, U.S. Secretary of Defense
  • Larry Gates as Dean Rusk, U.S. Secretary of State
  • William Prince as C. Douglas Dillon, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
  • Keene Curtis as John McCone, Director of the CIA
  • James Olson as McGeorge Bundy, U.S. National Security Advisor
  • Andrew Duggan as Maxwell Taylor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Robert P. Lieb as Curtis LeMay, Chief of Staff of the USAF
  • Dennis Patrick as Llewellyn Thompson, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union
  • Kenneth Tobey as George W. Anderson Jr., Chief of Naval Operations
  • James Hong as U Thant, U.N. Secretary General
  • John Randolph as George Ball, Undersecretary of State
  • Wright King as Richard Russell Jr., Senator
  • Byron Morrow as J. William Fulbright, Senator
  • Arthur Franz as Charles A. Halleck, Congressman
  • Ron Feinberg as Charles de Gaulle, French President
  • Paul Lambert as John A. Scali, ABC News Correspondent
  • Doreen Lang as Evelyn Lincoln, President Kennedy's personal secretary
  • Harris Yulin as Alexander Fomin, KGB spy
  • Stewart Moss as Kenneth O'Donnell, Special Assistant to the President
  • James T. Callahan as David Powers, Special Assistant to the President
  • Peter Donat as David Ormsby-Gore, British Ambassador to the United States
  • Thayer David as uncredited narrator
  • Awards

    Technical Director Ernie Buttelman won the 1975 Emmy Award for outstanding achievement. There were several other Emmy nominations, including outstanding drama or comedy special; outstanding supporting actor in a comedy or drama special for Ralph Bellamy; and outstanding writing in an original teleplay for Greenberg. That same year Greenberg won the Humanitas Prize in the 90-minute category.

    In 1997 the play won a Producers Guild of America Hall of Fame award.


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