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Executive Action -- Burt Lancaster stars in this fictional account of a plot against President Kennedy by a powerful group of political conspirators who object to his foreign and domestic policies.


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Release Date:
7 November 1973 (USA) See more »
Their Goal...Assassination. November 22, 1963...Accomplished! See more »
Rogue intelligence agents, right-wing politicians, greedy capitalists, and free-lance assassins plot and carry out the JFK assassination in this speculative agitprop. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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To the point; ahead of its time; overlooked See more (68 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... James Farrington

Robert Ryan ... Robert Foster

Will Geer ... Harold Ferguson
Gilbert Green ... Paulitz

John Anderson ... Halliday

Paul Carr ... Gunman (Chris) - Team A

Colby Chester ... Tim

Ed Lauter ... Operations Chief - Team A

Walter Brooke ... Smythe
John Brascia ... Rifleman - Team B

Richard Bull ... Gunman - Team A

Sidney Clute ... Depository Clerk
Deanna Darrin ... Stripper

Lee Delano ... Gunman - Team A
Lloyd Gough ... Charlie McCadden
Graydon Gould ... TV Commentator

Rick Hurst ... Used Car Salesman (as Richard Hurst)

Robert Karnes ... Man at Rifle Range
James MacColl ... Oswald Imposter (as James Mac Coll)

Joaquín Martínez ... Art Mendoza (as Jacquin Martinez)

Dick Miller ... Rifleman - Team B
Oscar Oncidi ... Jack Ruby
Tom Peters ... Sergeant
Paul Sorensen ... Officer Brown (as Paul Sorenson)
Hunter von Leer ... Rifleman - Team B (as Hunter Von Leer)
Sandy Ward ... Policeman
William Watson ... Technician - (Leader of Team B)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthew Ahman ... Himself - with JFK and King at the White House (archive footage) (uncredited)
George Aiken ... Himself - Behind JFK at Test Ban Signing (archive footage) (uncredited)

Rutanya Alda ... Assasination Team B (uncredited)
Glen A. Bennett ... Himself - Presidential Motorcade (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eugene Carson Blake ... Himself - with JFK and King at the White House (archive footage) (uncredited)

Leonid Brezhnev ... Himself - Applauds Test Ban Treaty: Beside Khrushchev (archive footage) (uncredited)
Earle Cabell ... Himself - Welcomes JFK to Dallas (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mrs. Earle Cabell ... Herself (presents flowers to Mrs. Kennedy) (archive footage) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
John Connally ... Himself - in Dallas with JFK (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nellie Connally ... Herself - in Dallas with JFK (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jesse E. Curry ... Himself - Dallas Police Chief: Behind Oswald (archive footage) (uncredited)
Chuck Dawson ... Extra (uncredited)
J.C. Day ... Himself - Holds Rifle Aloft (archive footage) (uncredited)
Patrick Dean ... Himself - Stands by Ambulance Door (archive footage) (uncredited)
Everett Dirksen ... Himself - Behind JFK at Test Ban Signing (archive footage) (uncredited)
William C. Foster ... Himself - Behind JFK at Test Ban Signing (archive footage) (uncredited)
Will Fritz ... Himself - Dallas Chief of Homicide, with Reporters (archive footage) (uncredited)
J. William Fulbright ... Himself - Behind JFK at Test Ban Signing (archive footage) (uncredited)
L.C. Graves ... Himself - Arrives at Hospital with Oswald (archive footage) (uncredited)
William Greer ... Himself - in Limousine at Airport (archive footage) (uncredited)
Andrei Gromyko ... Himself - Signs Test Ban Treaty (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bobby Hargis ... Himself - Presidential Motorcade (archive footage) (uncredited)
George W. Hickey ... Himself - Presidential Motorcade (archive footage) (uncredited)
Clint Hill ... Himself - Presidential Motorcade (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Himes ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself - Behind JFK at Test Ban Signing (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lady Bird Johnson ... Herself - in Dallas with JFK (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself - in Dallas with JFK (archive footage) (uncredited)
Roy Kellerman ... Himself - in Limousine at Airport (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ed Kemmer ... Reporter (uncredited)

John Kennedy Jr. ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Caroline Kennedy ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jacqueline Kennedy ... Herself - in Dallas with JFK (archive footage) (uncredited)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself - Listens to Test Ban Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself - Applauds Test Ban Treaty (archive footage) (uncredited)
Malcolm Kilduff ... Himself - Enters Parkland Hospital, with Cigarette (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself - with Civil Rights Leaders at the White House (archive footage) (uncredited)
Samuel A. Kinney ... Himself - Presidential Motorcade (archive footage) (uncredited)
Paul E. Landis ... Himself - Presidential Motorcade (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jim Leavelle ... Himself - Arrives at Hospital with Oswald (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Lewis ... Himself - with JFK and King at the White House (archive footage) (uncredited)

Annie Lore ... Panicked Onlooker (uncredited)
B.J. Martin ... Himself - Presidential Motorcade (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tim McIntyre ... Himself - Presidential Motorcade (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert McNamara ... Himself - Listens to Test Ban Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)
Morgan Modine ... Airline Counter Agent (uncredited)
W.E. Newman Jr. ... Himself - Lies in Dealey Plaza Shielding Son (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kenneth P. O'Donnell ... Himself - Presidential Motorcade: Behind Kinney (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lee Harvey Oswald ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ike Pappas ... Himself - at Shooting of Oswald (archive footage) (uncredited)
David F. Powers ... Himself - Presidential Motorcade: Behind Roberts (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joachim Prinz ... Himself - with JFK and King at the White House (archive footage) (uncredited)
A. Philip Randolph ... Himself - with JFK and King at the White House (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sam Rayburn ... Himself (listens to Test Ban speech) (archive footage) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
John D. Ready ... Himself - Presidential Motorcade (archive footage) (uncredited)
Walter Reuther ... Himself - with JFK and King at the White House (archive footage) (uncredited)
Emory P. Roberts ... Himself - Presidential Motorcade (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jack Ruby ... Himself - Moves to Shoot Oswald (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dean Rusk ... Himself - Behind JFK at Test Ban Signing (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leverett Saltonstall ... Himself - Behind JFK at Test Ban Signing: Partially Visible (archive footage) (uncredited)
George A. Smathers ... Himself - Behind JFK at Test Ban Signing (archive footage) (uncredited)
Adlai Stevenson ... Himself - Badgered by Right-Wing Hecklers (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lewis Strauss ... Himself - Testifies Against Test Ban Treaty (archive footage) (uncredited)

Edward Teller ... Himself - Testifies Against Test Ban Treaty (archive footage) (uncredited)
U Thant ... Himself - Applauds Test Ban Treaty (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cyrus Vance ... Himself - Handshake with JFK (archive footage) (uncredited)
Henry M. Wade ... Himself - Dallas DA: Pronounces Oswald the Killer (archive footage) (uncredited)
Roy Wilkins ... Himself - with JFK and King at the White House: Partially Visible (archive footage) (uncredited)
Whitney Young ... Himself - with JFK and King at the White House (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
David Miller 
Writing credits
Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)

Donald Freed (story) and
Mark Lane (story)

Produced by
Dan Bessie .... co-producer
Harry N. Blum .... associate producer (as Harry Blum)
Robert H. Greenberg .... associate producer (as Robert Greenberg)
Gary Horowitz .... co-producer
Edward Lewis .... producer
Original Music by
Randy Edelman 
Cinematography by
Robert Steadman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Grenville 
Casting by
Caron Beaver 
Art Direction by
Kirk Axtell 
Makeup Department
Byrd Holland .... makeup artist
Carl A. Russell .... makeup artist (as Carl Russell)
Production Management
Harry Caplan .... production manager
Art Department
Bill Brown .... title designer
Ramiro Jaloma .... property master
Ben Nay .... graphic artist
Sound Department
Bruce Bisenz .... sound (as Bruce Bezance)
Richard S. Brummer .... supervising sound editor (as Richard Brummer)
Kirk Francis .... sound
Jock Putnam .... sound
Special Effects by
Harry Woolman .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sean Doyle .... camera operator
Vic Goss .... gaffer (as Vic Goss III)
Charles McCoy .... key grip
Casting Department
Lea Stalmaster .... casting consultant
Lynn Stalmaster .... casting consultant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gerry Puhara .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Ivan Dryer .... editor: documentary footage
Jere Huggins .... assistant editor
Irving Lerner .... associate editor
Melvin Shapiro .... associate editor
Music Department
Anthony Magro .... music editor (as Tony Magro)
Other crew
Blair Brooks .... script supervisor
Lillian Castellano .... researcher
Barbara Elman .... researcher
W.M. Getzel Jr. .... researcher
Robert H. Greenberg .... associate: producer (as Robert Greenberg)
Eda Hallinan .... researcher
Steve Jaffe .... technical consultant (as Steve Jaffee)
Penn Jones Jr. .... researcher
David Lifton .... researcher
Robert Polin .... researcher
Carol Rosenstein .... researcher
Kevin Van Fleet .... researcher
Frank White .... dialogue director
Crew verified as complete

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Germany:12 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

The first film to openly question the veracity of the Warren Commission's report into the death of John F. Kennedy.See more »
Anachronisms: 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?See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into La classe américaine (1993) (TV)See more »


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39 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
To the point; ahead of its time; overlooked, 11 July 2001
Author: streetbb from Emporia, KS

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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