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Executive Action (1973)

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

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James Farrington
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Robert Foster
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Harold Ferguson
Gilbert Green ...
Paulitz
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Halliday
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Gunman (Chris) - Team A
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Tim
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Operations Chief - Team A
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Smythe
John Brascia ...
Rifleman - Team B
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Gunman - Team A
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Depository Clerk
Deanna Darrin ...
Stripper
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Gunman - Team A
Lloyd Gough ...
Charlie McCadden
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Storyline

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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7 November 1973 (USA)  »

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Unternehmen Staatsgewalt  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Burt Lancaster said he hoped the film would make people skeptical. See more »

Goofs

At about the one hour point, Robert Ryan and Burt Lancaster are in a mirror filled room, going over their final approval of the plan. The camera man shooting the scene is clearly reflected in the center mirror panel. See more »

Quotes

Oswald Imposter: If I was a doctor, and I wanted to give the world an enema, I'd stick the nozzle right here in Dallas, Texas.
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Referenced in November 22, 1963: In Search of an Answer (1973) See more »

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Well done examination of JFK assassination conspiracy.
5 September 2001 | by (Colborne, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Although as I recall, this film did not do well in theatres, but it is every bit as good as Oliver Stone's JFK. Obviously, the producers did not have Stone's clout. A strong cast makes this a very believable account of how JFK was set up. Executive Action did not have JFK's budget, nor was it as fancy, but the message was very clear. Conspiracy at the highest levels of government, business and the intelligence community coupled with a believable cast. Burt Lancaster and Robert Ryan are very effective and the principle planners. If I remember correctly, this was Ryan's last film. Under-rated, this movie is a must see for all.


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