6.7/10
1,909
72 user 25 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Dardo, a Robin Hood-like figure, and his loyal followers use a Roman ruin in Medieval Lombardy as their headquarters as they conduct an insurgency against their Hessian conquerors.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Robert Douglas
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Three skydivers and their travelling thrill show barnstorm through a small midwestern town one Fourth of July weekend.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Gene Hackman
Comedy | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The black sheep of a family and the local minister discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War.

Directors: Guy Hamilton, Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier
Scorpio (1973)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During the Cold War, the CIA orders free-lance operative Scorpio to assassinate his former CIA mentor Cross and a deadly cat-and-mouse game ensues.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Paul Scofield
Winter Kills (1979)
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The Pickering Commission concluded that a lone gunman killed US President Kegan in 1960, in Philadelphia. 19 years later a dying man confesses to be the real shooter hired to kill him. Kegan's brother and filthy rich father investigate.

Director: William Richert
Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Mexican-American sheriff must resort to violence against a powerful rancher in order to get just compensation for the pregnant Indian widow of a wrongly killed black man.

Director: Edwin Sherin
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Frank Silvera
Joe Butterfly (1957)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

American soldiers in occupied Tokyo get mixed up with a conniving black-marketeer.

Director: Jesse Hibbs
Stars: Audie Murphy, George Nader, Keenan Wynn
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The sons of a Colorado cattle baron, one biological and the other adopted, resent one another and fight for control of their father's cattle empire.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Robert Walker, Joanne Dru
Lawman (1971)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A lawman from Bannock arrives in Sabbath to arrest all the cattlemen whose wild celebration the year before resulted in the accidental death of an old man.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb
War Is Hell (1961)
War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

During the Korean War, a glory-hunting sergeant leads his platoon on a mission against the enemy--not telling them that a cease-fire has just been declared--so that he can win medals. ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Topper
Stars: Baynes Barron, Michael Bell, Bobby Byles
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Burt served in the Marines during the war, but now he is confined to an asylum. His experiences in the South Pacific left him mentally ill and deathly afraid of storm clouds and rain. ... See full summary »

Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Stars: Ralph Meeker, Nancy Reagan, James Whitmore
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Gilbert Green ...
Paulitz
...
Halliday
...
...
Tim
...
Operations Chief - Team A
...
Smythe
John Brascia ...
Rifleman - Team B
...
Gunman - Team A
...
Depository Clerk
Deanna Darrin ...
Stripper
...
Gunman - Team A
...
Charlie McCadden
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Assassination conspiracy? The possibility is frightening. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 November 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Unternehmen Staatsgewalt  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although Donald Sutherland is credited with having the initial idea for the film, and was indeed attached to star, he withdrew from it as it neared production in order to go off and concentrate on other projects. Sutherland would of course go on to have a pivotal role in Oliver Stone's take on the same subject - JFK (1991). See more »

Goofs

At about 29 minutes in, Burt Lancaster's character says that in May (Oswald) was distributing "Fair Play for Cuba" literature in Dallas. The historical record shows that Oswald distributed leaflets for this organization in New Orleans, not in Dallas. See more »

Quotes

Foster: Ah well, it's only over. And there'll be nothing can we call our own but death. That small model of the barren earth which serves as paste and cover to our bones. For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in November 22, 1963: In Search of an Answer (1973) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page