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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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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Kirk Douglas contributed to the film's budget. 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 »


Oswald Imposter: Why don't you take a flying screw at the moon and charge it to me?
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A moment in history
15 November 2003 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

Interesting and effective film about the JFK assassination released ten years after the tragic event and seventeen years before the far more popular movie "JFK". With hardly any of the controversy of the Oliver Stone & Kevin Costner version.

A number of big oil-men get together in June 1963 to plan to assassinate JFK because his policies, domestic as well as foreign, are a threat to their money and power. The oil men start to put into effect the plan that eventually led to the tragic events of November 22, 1963. Good acting and directing makes this movie grab your attention and see it through it's tragic ending. Even though everyone watching the movie knows what the ending is which is anticlimactic.

What really makes the movie is the build-up and plans that lead to the events that happened in Dallas on that fateful November day. One of the most chilling scenes in the movie is when Farrington, Burt Lancaster, meets up in a diner with Operations Chief played by actor Ed Lauter. Farrington explains to him what he'll get for the "hit" in money and expenses without telling him who is to be "hit". Lauter realizes who it is without Farrington even telling him just by the money and effort involved and tells him surprisingly as well as shockingly "You've just told me who's going to get to hit!": Which is the President of the United State John Fitzgerald Kennedy without even once mentioning him!

Also very effective, besides the scene when the actual assassination takes place, is how the killers planned the "hit" and how they came to the conclusion, after hours and hours of practice shooting on a moving and difficult target, that one shooter doing it would be impossible. The killers instead opted to use at least three riflemen in different places. Unlike the version what we got from the official report by the by now totally discredited, by almost 90% of the American public, Warren Commission of a one man one gun assassin. "Executive Action" was also Robert Ryans last major role.

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