The Missiles of October

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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... read more

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 President 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.

Original Release

12/18/1974

US Release

12/18/1974

Cast

William Devane President John F. Kennedy / John F. Kennedy - US President
Ralph Bellamy U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson / Adlai Stevenson - US Ambassador to UN
Howard Da Silva Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev / Nikita Khrushchev - Soviet Premier
James Hong U.N. Secretary-General U Thant / U Thant - U.N. Secretary-General
Martin Sheen Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy / Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy
James T. Callahan David Powers, Special Assistant to the President / David Powers - Special Assistant to the President
Peter Canon Admiral's Aide
Keene Curtis John McCone, Director CIA / John McCone - Director CIA
Charles Cyphers Press Photographer
Clifford David Theodore Sorensen, Special Counsel / Theodore Sorensen - Special Counsel
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Anthony Page

Writers

Stanley R. Greenberg, Robert F. Kennedy

Cast

William Devane President John F. Kennedy / John F. Kennedy - US President
Ralph Bellamy U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson / Adlai Stevenson - US Ambassador to UN
Howard Da Silva Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev / Nikita Khrushchev - Soviet Premier
James Hong U.N. Secretary-General U Thant / U Thant - U.N. Secretary-General
Martin Sheen Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy / Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy
James T. Callahan David Powers, Special Assistant to the President / David Powers - Special Assistant to the President
Peter Canon Admiral's Aide
Keene Curtis John McCone, Director CIA / John McCone - Director CIA
Charles Cyphers Press Photographer
Clifford David Theodore Sorensen, Special Counsel / Theodore Sorensen - Special Counsel
Francis De Sales Senator
John Dehner Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson / Dean Acheson - Former Secretary of State
Peter Donat David Ormsby-Gore, British Ambassador to U.S. / David Ormsby-Gore - British Ambassador to U.S.
Andrew Duggan Gen. Maxwell Taylor, Army Chief of Staff / Gen. Maxwell Taylor - Army Chief of Staff
Richard Eastham Gen. David M. Shoup, USMC Commandant / Gen. David M. Shoup - USMC Commandant
Dana Elcar Robert McNamara - Secretary of Defense
Eugene Elman Russian Presidium Member
Ron Feinberg Gen. Charles De Gaulle
Michael Fox Soviet Marshal
Arthur Franz Congressman Charles A. Halleck

Producers

Irv Wilson Executive Producer
Robert Berger Producer
Herbert Brodkin Producer

Editors

Jerry Greene

1975 Emmy Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy Nominated
1975 Emmy Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special Nominated
1975 Emmy Outstanding Directing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy Nominated
1975 Emmy Outstanding Writing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy - Original Teleplay Nominated
1975 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Video Tape Editing Nominated
1975 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Film or Tape Sound Mixing Nominated
1975 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction Won
1975 Emmy Outstanding Special - Drama or Comedy Nominated
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