Executive Action (1973)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, History  |  7 November 1973 (USA)
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Rogue intelligence agents, right-wing politicians, greedy capitalists, and free-lance assassins plot and carry out the JFK assassination in this speculative agitprop.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Farrington
Robert Foster
Harold Ferguson
Gilbert Green ...
Gunman (Chris) - Team A
Operations Chief - Team A
Walter Brooke ...
John Brascia ...
Rifleman - Team B
Gunman - Team A
Sidney Clute ...
Depository Clerk
Deanna Darrin ...
Gunman - Team A
Lloyd Gough ...
Charlie McCadden


A dramatization about how the high level covert conspirators in the JFK assassination might have planned and plotted the assassination based on the data and facts of the case. It posits that a covert group of rogue intelligence agents, ultra-conservative politicians, unscrupulously greedy business interests, and free-lance assassins become increasingly alarmed at President Kennedy's policies, including his views on race relations, winding down the Vietnam War, and ending the oil depletion allowance. They decide to terminate him through an "executive action" utilizing three teams of well-trained snipers during JFK's visit to Dallas and place the blame on supposed CIA operative Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone assassin. Written by duke1029

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Assassination conspiracy? The possibility is frightening. See more »


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Release Date:

7 November 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Unternehmen Staatsgewalt  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Critics were given an eight page newspaper when leaving their first screenings that expounded all the conspiracy theories aired in the film. See more »


At 20 minutes, Burt Lancaster goes into a Mexican Restaurant and the sound of a door closing is clearly heard, but the door is still open a couple of inches. See more »


Foster: [speaking to Farrington] Dallas has one of the highest murder rates in the country. In the last two years, the Secret Service has established 149 threats against Kennedy's life from Texas alone, yet they send him into hostile territory with no more protection than you and I would arrange for a favorite dog.
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As speculation this movie is interesting
8 January 2010 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

As a film this may not be very gripping to an audience who only knows about the assassination of JFK through history. I have read many theories about the assassination and have dismissed most but I don't believe in the lone gunman theory. I also was 19 when it happened, was in fact on board a U.S. naval ship tied up to a dock in VA and was on deck watch at the time. I discovered shockingly that many of the crew on board was actually pleased when it happened while the other half were of course stunned and dismayed. In any case, I found the most compelling parts of the film to be the original footage that is spliced into it. To this day it is the first time that I have seen some of it. I found of course that with two terrific actors like Lancaster and Ryan (at the end of his career) could make the conspiracy more believable than not. Yes the pacing is slower than even I would like. But I would say don't watch this film for entertainment. Watch it because it provides a slant on history that you won't read about in high school and perhaps may wet your appetite to look into this further. Spending our time being merely entertained is just wasting time. And history is always written by the victors.

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