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Theodore Strauss (narration)
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Release Date:
21 November 1964 (USA) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Richard Basehart ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Brewer ... Himself
Raymond Buck ... Himself (archive footage)
John Connally ... Himself (archive footage)
Nellie Connally ... Herself (archive footage) (as Mrs. John Connally)

Joan Crawford ... 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)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)
Ludwig Erhard ... Himself (archive footage)
Wesley Frazier ... Himself

David Frost ... Himself (archive footage)

Barry Goldwater ... Himself (archive footage)
Andrei Gromyko ... Himself (archive footage)
Gerald L. Hill ... Himself (police sergeant, Dallas) (archive footage) (as Gerry Hill)
Oscar Huber ... Himself (also archive footage) (as Father Oscar Huber)
Sarah T. Hughes ... Herself (also archive footage)
Lady Bird Johnson ... Herself (archive footage)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)

John Kennedy Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)

Caroline Kennedy ... Herself (archive footage)

Jacqueline Kennedy ... Herself (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Rose Kennedy ... Herself (archive footage)
Ted Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself (archive footage)

Roy Kinnear ... Himself (archive footage)

Peter Lawford ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Leavelle ... Himself (archive footage)
Ray H. Lundy ... Himself (archive footage)

Millicent Martin ... Herself (archive footage)

Robert McNamara ... Himself (archive footage)
Anastas Mikoyan ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul C. Miller ... Himself (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Lee Harvey Oswald ... Himself (archive footage)
Marguerite Oswald ... Herself (archive footage)
Marina Oswald ... Herself (archive footage)
Robert Oswald ... Himself (archive footage)
Ike Pappas ... Himself (archive footage)

Prince Philip ... Himself (archive footage)
Queen Frederica of Greece ... Herself (archive footage)
Linnie Mae Randle ... Herself (as Mrs. William Randle)
Aubrey Rike ... Himself (archive footage)
Earlene Roberts ... Herself (archive footage)
Jack Ruby ... Himself (archive footage)
Dean Rusk ... Himself (archive footage)
Pierre Salinger ... Himself (archive footage)
Haile Selassie ... Himself (archive footage)
Adlai Stevenson ... Himself (archive footage)
Harry S. Truman ... Himself (archive footage)
Henry M. Wade ... Himself (archive footage) (as Henry Wade)
Edwin Walker ... Himself (archive footage)
George Wallace ... Himself (archive footage)
Earl Warren ... Himself (archive footage)
Jay Watson ... Himself (archive footage)
William Whaley ... Himself
Abraham Zapruder ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Mel Stuart 
 
Writing credits
Theodore Strauss (narration)

Produced by
Mel Stuart .... producer
David L. Wolper .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Vilis Lapenieks 
 
Film Editing by
William T. Cartwright 
 
Sound Department
Jerry Ow Young .... sound engineer
 
Music Department
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor
 

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USA:122 min
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Abraham Zapruder, who took the famous 8mm motion picture of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, is very briefly seen in archive footage describing what he saw to WFAA-TV reporter Jay Watson.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Vivid Chronicle Of Those Four Dark Days, 19 November 2009
Author: dbonk from Surrey, B.C.

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.

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