Post by Bill Anderson
Kevin Costner plays a trusted aid of President Kennedy in a riveting account of the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. Caught it on HBO the other night and was was blown away. I was a young teenager at the time and didn’t realize the world was really that close to all-out nuclear war. Gen. Curtis LeMay, later George Wallace’s pick for vice president, and the other high-ranking military officers were a scary group as depicted in this movie. And the scariest part is that basically they were right. It’s no wonder that wise heads installed a hotline between Washington and Moscow soon after this incident. Really good movie.
I never know how veridical such historical dramatizations are,
particularly when there as compelling as this one, but yeah, when I got
around to seeing it, even with me knowing the outcome it wrung me out,
and I wondered why it had been so undersung.