Thirteen Days script
Thirteen Days (2000)
Synopsis: For thirteen extraordinary days in October of 1962, the world stood on the brink of an unthinkable catastrophe. Across the globe, people anxiously awaited the outcome of a harrowing political, diplomatic and military confrontation that threatened to end in an apocalyptic nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union. Thirteen days captures the urgency, suspense and paralyzing chaos of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

SMASH CUT TO:

EXT. O'DONNELL RESIDENCE - DAY

A black Lincoln pulls away from the modest white house on a

tidy Washington D.C. residential street.

EXT. WASHINGTON D.C., AERIAL - DAY

The car threads its way through the Washington traffic, past

the big administrative buildings, down tree-lined avenues,

takes a turn into a gate. As the car stops at the gate, the

CAMERA flies past, revealing it's the gate to the WHITE

HOUSE.

SMASH CUT TO:

INT. NPIC - DAY

CLOSE ON the five-thousand rolls of film spewing through

processing equipment, its streaking passage leading us

straight through the development machinery to:

A SERIES OF VARIOUS SHOTS:

Photo Interpreters power up light tables, stereoscopic

viewers, zip across the floor in wheeled chairs.

Flying switches, flickering lights, humming motors. It's an

eerie dance of technological black magic.

Another pair of Interpreters loom out of the darkness, side

by side, ghostly looking, their glasses reflecting the glare

of the light table, like magicians staring into a crystal

ball.

IMAGES FILL THE SCREEN

Aerial shots, flashing by. Cuban countryside from 72,500

feet. A MAGNIFYING GLASS swings down on its arm in front of

us, magnifying the carpet of trees... and a row of six canvas

covered OBJECTS among them.

SMASH CUT TO:

EXT. WHITE HOUSE - WEST WING - DAY

Kenny, in business suit and tie, trots up the steps, and a

MARINE GUARD snaps the door open for him.

INT. WEST WING - CONTINUOUS

Kenny, briefcase in hand, weaves his way through the empty,

ornate hallways of the West Wing. Past magnificent doorways,

early American furniture, paintings. He finally reaches a

doorway, goes through into:

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David Self

David Christopher Self (born January 8, 1970) is an American screenwriter best known as the author of the screenplays for the films The Haunting, Road to Perdition, and The Wolfman. more…

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