Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis
Directed byAlita Holly
New Line Home Video
Release date
  • 2001 (2001)
Running time
48 minutes

Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis is a 48-minute 2001 Cold War documentary by New Line Home Video with "film footage from the era [and] newly created interviews covering U.S./Soviet relations from post-WWII Europe through the end of the crisis".[1] The documentary is a "Beyond the Movie feature" on the infinifilm DVD for the movie Thirteen Days and synthesizes archival footage and still photography, interviews, Trinity and Beyond documentary scenes, and Thirteen Days movie scenes and sequences (many with archival footage).[citation needed]

Topics regarding the crisis' roots covered by the film include the 1938 Munich Agreement, Yalta Conference, British withdrawal from Greece & Turkey, Berlin Airlift, Bomber Gap, Kennedy-Nixon Debate, Cuban Revolution, Missile Gap, Bay of Pigs Invasion, and Crateology. The last third of the film covers events of the crisis (e.g., Operation Ortsac, EXCOMM, Kennedy Presidential recordings) and includes film dramatized scenes from Thirteen Days.[citation needed]

Production staff and interviewees[edit]

  • Director: Alita Renee Holly
  • Producers: Alita Renee Holly & Elizabeth Westwood
  • Editor: Carol Oblath
  • Brugioni, Dino—CIA Photographic Interpreter
  • Donaldson, Sam—ABC News
  • Garthoff, Raymond—Brookings Institution
  • Kalb, Marvin—CBS News Moscow Bureau Chief
  • Kaplow, Herbert—NBC/ABC News Correspondent
  • Khruschchev, Sergei—son of Nikita Khruschchev
  • May, Prof. Ernest R.--Harvard University
  • Salinger, Pierre—Kennedy Administration Press Secretary
  • Self, David--Thirteen Days screenwriter
  • Szulc, Tad—Fidel Castro Biographer
  • Thomas, Helen—Hearst Newspapers Columnist
  • Westwood, Helen—ABC News London Bureau Chief
  • Zelikow, Prof. Philip—Director of The Miller Center, UVA[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thirteen Days DVD cover, 2000

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