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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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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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Trivia

Blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo ensured that some of his fellow blacklistees should get work on the film. These include actors Will Geer and Lloyd Gough. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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TV Commentator: In the three years after the murders of John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald eighteen material witnesses died, 6 by gunfire, 3 by motor accidents, 2 by suicide, 1 by a cut throat, 1 by a karate chop to the neck, 3 by heart attacks, 2 from natural causes. An actuary engaged by the London Sunday Times concluded: On November 22, 1963, the odds of these witnesses being dead by Feb. 1967 are one hundered thousand trillion to one.
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Well worth a look
24 February 2003 | by (Melbourne , Australia) – See all my reviews

Entertaining and interesting film which puts forward a seemingly plausible theory as to why JFK was assassinated.

The main thought seems to be that President Kennedy's ideas in regard to nuclear disarmament, racial equality and ensuring a square deal for America's most lowly paid workers were just too radical as far as the country's hard line conservatives were concerned.

I've read dozens of books about Kennedy, his years in office and his untimely death. This movie appears to have been generally well researched and non sensationalist.

It is a fair criticism to say that some of the finer points of period detail are slightly shaky. For example, some of the hairstyles and fashions definitely belong to the '70s rather than the early '60s. We have a '61 Chevy coupe with a tattered rear back seat which has obviously been parched by a decade of sun exposure. But these are minor points.

Don't worry too much about nit picking as this movie is most certainly well worth a look.


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