DVD Features: Commentary by Kevin Costner, director Roger Donaldson, writer David Self and executive producer Michael De Luca, Documentaries "Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis" and "Bringing History to the Silver Screen", Visual effects scene deconstructions, Historical figures biography gallery, Deleted scenes with director commentary.
This is the gripping true story of the 13 day period when peace hung in the balance and JFK was on trial as never before. This exciting drama is as good as it gets in re-telling the events of the Cold War when Nikita Krushchev brought his country to the brink of nuclear conflict because he believed the United States to be a nation with weak leadership. Bruce Greenwood and Steven Culp are fine as Jack and Bobby Kennedy with an excellent supporting cast including Dylan Baker, Michael Fairman, Kevin Conway and Len Cariou as their military, security and foreign affairs advisers. There's never a dull moment as the Russian ships bearing additional nuclear weapons steam towards Cuba which has already amassed enough fire power to wipe out the major eastern cities of our nation. Kevin Costner is fine in the pivotal role of Kenny O'Donnell, the closest aid to the brothers, and it's through his eyes that the story is seen; and it's a story worth telling for it gives a clear picture of the inner workings of a troubled White House in the dark days of October, 1962. Also look for Christopher Lawford, son of Peter and nephew of Jack and Bobby in the role of the Air Force Commander.