From October 16 through October 28, 1962, America was on the
verge of nuclear war with the Soviet Union. In this dramatization of what the White House
was undergoing during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kevin Costner stars as Ken O'Donnell,
special advisor to JFK. Also with Steven Culp, Dylan Baker, Michael Fairman, Bruce
Greenwood, Kevin Conway, Tim Kelleher, Bill Smitrovich, Henry Strozier and Frank Wood. [2:24]
SEX/NUDITY 2 - One mild kiss. We see a covered man and woman in bed
together, with the man holding the woman. One brief reference to a man sitting on another
man's lap and enjoying it.
VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Note: While there is not much overt violence or gore in
this film, the crux of this movie is about nuclear war. We see a couple of bombs detonate,
with a few shots of the ensuing fiery mushroom cloud from the explosion. A plane is shot
at several times and hit by several bullets but remains intact (no one is hurt). Several
shots are fired from a ship, but they hit nothing. A plane is shot down and explodes, with
several detached pieces of it going down in flames; the pilot apparently dies. A boy is
tackled during a football game. Lots of footage of war machinery: various missiles, bombs
PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, many anatomical and scatological references, several
mild obscenities, many religious profanities, a few insults. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Cuban Missile Crisis, nuclear war, family, politics,
Cold War, honesty, loyalty, courage, cowardice, making tough decisions.
MESSAGE - In matters of life and death, let cooler heads prevail.