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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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Their Goal...Assassination. November 22, 1963...Accomplished! See more »


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7 November 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


In the Dealy Plaza scene dated November 12, 1963, cars are heading south on Houston St. At that time (and in Kennedy's motorcade) Houston St. was one way northbound. See more »


Oswald Imposter: Why don't you take a flying screw at the moon and charge it to me?
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Features Nix Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963) See more »

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To the point; ahead of its time; overlooked
11 July 2001 | by (Emporia, KS) – See all my reviews

With a running time of less than half of that of Oliver Stone's also excellent "JFK," this movie is more to the point. It doesn't bombard you as much with facts/theories as "JFK," leaving some to the imagination of the viewer. It was released in the fall of 1973, while the 10th anniversary of the assasination approached, and the Watergate scandal was in full swing. I was 13 when it came out, and the idea that there even could have been a conspiracy was frightening. Almost thirty years later, it still is, although with all the subsequent revelations and scandals in D. C., it does not suprise me anymore.

The movie moves along rapidly, and the acting by the late trio of Landcaster Ryan, and Will Geer (grandpa Walton as a bad guy, I love it!)is excellent. This was Robert Ryan's last film. It was an excellent final cinema performance by one of Hollywood's most under-rated actors. One can tell were Oliver Stone got his inspiration to cutting back and forth between black-and-white and color sequences. In that respect, Executive Action was ahead of its time. For almost twenty years, it was THE movie on the assassination. It is still an excellent companion piece to "JFK," and for those less interested in the subject this movie might actually be preferable, and it's theories are not dissimilar to Stone's. Unfortunately, the movie did not get it's due at the time of the release. At only ten years removed from the assasination, it was was still too painful a subject for many at the time. Finally, how Leonard Maltin finds this move "excruciatingly dull" is beyond me.

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