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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
Walter Brooke ...
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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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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Their Goal...Assassination. November 22, 1963...Accomplished! 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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Partly based on the book "Rush to Judgement" by Mark Lane, the film was disowned by Lane after its release. 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 »

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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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Featured in Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1992) See more »

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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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