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Once the film was pulled from release in December 1973, it didn't show up again until the late 80s when it finally started surfacing on TV.
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Critics were given an eight page newspaper when leaving their first screenings that expounded all the conspiracy theories aired in the film.
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The first film to openly question the veracity of the Warren Commission's report into the death of John F. Kennedy.
Partly based on the book "Rush to Judgement" by Mark Lane, the film was disowned by Lane after its release.
Kirk Douglas contributed to the film's budget.
Uniquely, this account of the presidential assassination is told completely from the viewpoint of the conspirators.
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.
Hugely controversial upon its release because of its depiction of the assassination of Kennedy, the film was unceremoniously yanked from many theaters in its first and second weeks of showing because of the bad press. Many television stations also refused to run trailers for the film.
Burt Lancaster said he hoped the film would make people skeptical.
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One of several films to offer up a different (and, some would say, fictional) viewpoint of the Kennedy assassination. Others that have taken this route include William Tannen's Flashpoint (1984) and, most visibly, Oliver Stone's JFK (1991).
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'Robert Ryan died of cancer four months before its release.
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When released in theaters, a mock newspaper with articles concerning the assassination were given to ticket buyers.
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Although Donald Sutherland is credited with having the initial idea for the film, and was indeed attached to star, he withdrew from it as it neared production in order to go off and concentrate on other projects. Sutherland would of course go on to have a pivotal role in Oliver Stone's take on the same subject - JFK (1991).

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