The film, about the administration of assassinated US President John F. Kennedy, received a much wider and more generalized distribution than Four Days in November (1964), a film also about Kennedy, even playing in theaters that regularly screened big-screen blockbusters. See more »
[just before JFK is shown delivering the Cuban Missile Crisis speech]
The President was set back at the Bay of Pigs. In 1962, he could not be set back, or it could mean war, and a hushed and awestruck world listened to every word of the President.
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This is a good documentary and I now own a copy. This was a time when being President was like being King! As to the Camelot legend, it has gone south with the times.*
This is a documentary that catches a moment but that moment is mostly gloss meant for overseas consumption. Because of the Peace Corp. and other American aid, JFK's photo was found in hamlets in Africa back then. You certainly do not see it now.
What did we get from his administration: An arms race, a bigger arms race, and a still bigger arms race. Missiles of October? We came to the brink? Some say his death led us into Vietnam. Would there have been a "Great Society" UNLESS he was killed? History will decide who gets the credit.
The sad truth is this man lived, gave us hope, was stupidly killed, turned out to be no saint, and whose death was the opening act on a decade of American style misery.
At least we landed on the moon. We could have done so much more.
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