6.5/10
348
13 user 3 critic

Four Days in November (1964)

From more than eight million feet of newsreels, amateur footage, tape-recordings and more, David L. Wolper presents a priceless detailed account of the time and events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Director:

Writer:

(narration)
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Wattstax (1973)
Documentary | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Documentary covering a Stax Records-sponsored all-day concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival with performances by Stax Records artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staples Singers, and more.

Director: Mel Stuart
Stars: The Dramatics, The Staple Singers, Kim Weston
Primary (1960)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Cinema verite feature that follows presidential hopefuls John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary

Director: Robert Drew
Stars: Robert Drew, Hubert H. Humphrey, Joseph Julian
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Governor George Wallace will not let two black students into an Alabama school, against the wishes of President Kennedy. Loud shouts come from both sides of the issue as JFK stands by his decisions.

Director: Robert Drew
Stars: John F. Kennedy, George Wallace, Robert F. Kennedy
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor.

Director: Rob Epstein
Stars: Harvey Fierstein, Harvey Milk, Anne Kronenberg
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An examination of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam War.

Director: Peter Davis
Stars: Dwight D. Eisenhower, William Marshall, Georges Bidault
Certificate: M Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The humorous adventures of a group of American tourists taking an eighteen-day guided bus tour of nine European countries.

Director: Mel Stuart
Stars: Suzanne Pleshette, Ian McShane, Vittorio De Sica
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike.

Director: Barbara Kopple
Stars: Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks
Gypsy (1962)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden
Phantom Lady (1944)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A beautiful secretary risks her life to try to find the elusive woman who may prove her boss didn't murder his selfish wife.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Minor Watson
Paisan (1946)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice. Communication is fragile. A woman leads an Allied patrol through a mine field; she dies ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Rossellini
Stars: Carmela Sazio, Gar Moore, William Tubbs
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with 1969 interviews of a German officer and of collaborators and ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Ophüls
Stars: Georges Bidault, Matthäus Bleibinger, Charles Braun
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Brewer ...
Himself
Raymond Buck ...
Himself (archive footage)
Earle Cabell ...
Himself (archive footage)
John Connally ...
Himself (archive footage)
Nellie Connally ...
Herself (archive footage) (as Mrs. John Connally)
...
Herself (archive footage)
Jesse E. Curry ...
Himself (archive footage)
Richard Cushing ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Richard Cardinal Cushing)
Charles de Gaulle ...
Himself (archive footage)
Everett Dirksen ...
Himself (archive footage)
Alec Douglas-Home ...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
Ludwig Erhard ...
Himself (archive footage)
Wesley Frazier ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

From more than eight million feet of newsreels, amateur footage, tape-recordings and more, David L. Wolper presents a priceless detailed account of the time and events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In the memory of man few events have shocked the world as those Four Days in November. Here, with scenes never presented before, is a complete motion picture chronicle of that incredible time in Dallas. Here is the minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, day-by-day story - with every detail revealed, every question answered. See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 November 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

4 Days in November  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(archive footage)|
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film features Dallas, Texas radio and television coverage from KLIF Radio, WFAA-TV 8, and KRLD Radio. See more »

Connections

Edited from ABC Close-Up!: Adventures on the New Frontier (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Summer Of His Years
Performed by Millicent Martin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Vivid Chronicle Of Those Four Dark Days
19 November 2009 | by (Surrey, B.C.) – See all my reviews

Released in November 1964, shortly after The Warren Commission's report, this documentary presents itself as a companion piece to the excellent photographic journal FOUR DAYS compiled by United Press International. It also serves as a prosecuting attorney's template for stating the position of Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone gunman.

Beyond this controversial lightening rod, Four Days In November is an effective filmed record of the events surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy. The primary reason for this film's value is the fact that it was released barely one year after the tragedy in Dallas. The nation is still recovering from its shared anguish. The participants interviewed(including Lee Oswald's landlady, Earlene Roberts) convey urgency in their voices and mannerisms of events which are still fresh in their thoughts. There is a raw immediacy in the way this film chronicles the last week of JFK with rare archival footage. With an election looming in 1964, we see a campaign stop in Tampa, Florida as the President is serenaded by accordion with "Hail To The Chief" and presented with a doll for his daughter, Caroline. Back in Washington, the President honors a yearly pre-Thanksgiving tradition and spares the life of a healthy turkey on the White House lawn.

Leading up to the Texas trip, Richard Nixon is shown in Dallas as an influential lawyer representing Pepsi-Cola, offering a shrewdly political view as to why JFK is really visiting the Lone Star State. During a stop in Houston, President and Mrs. Kennedy (their last night together) attend an event sponsored by a Mexican-American group called LULACS. Jackie is a hit as she addresses the audience in Spanish. Vice-President Lyndon Johnson is introduced as a "fellow Texan" and provides a few humble words of deference for "our beloved President."

What follows is the searing events of November 22-25 replayed in stark black and white. A jarring sidelight to this film includes the appearance of 19yr. old Wesley Frazier retracing his steps that Friday morning, still fresh in his mind. Again, this relates to the advantage of how recent this event was to the actual filming for this movie. Frazier recalls giving Lee Oswald a lift to work in his 1953 Pontiac on their way to the Texas School Book Depository. The viewing audience sits in the passenger seat next to Frazier as he recalls asking "Lee" about his kids, commenting on the weather and that long bundle wrapped up in the back seat.

Composer Elmer Bernstein provides a heavily percussive,brass-tinged score which serves to augment the movie's subject matter. Richard Basehart gives an appropriately anchored narrative with just the right amount of gravitas.

This film is directed by Mel Stewart who has also lensed THE MAKING OF THE PRESIDENT documentaries, based on the best-selling Theodore H. White books. Stewart would go on to helm the TV docudrama RUBY and OSWALD. In the context of 1964, Four Days In November is like opening a fresh wound. Forty-five years later, it remains a vivid retelling of a dark, sorrowful chapter in American history.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page