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The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1977)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  30 September 1977 (USA)
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The bizarre story behind the man accused of assassinating John F. Kennedy and what might have happened had he been brought to trial.

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Anson 'Kip' Roberts
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The bizarre story behind the man accused of assassinating John F. Kennedy and what might have happened had he been brought to trial.

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Entertaining and thought-provoking film
6 July 2005 | by (Seoul, Korea) – See all my reviews

As a serious researcher of the Kennedy assassination (and Lee Harvey Oswald in particular), I was intrigued by this film's title and grabbed it as soon as it became available on VHS.

The film is based on the supposition that Lee Harvey Oswald was not killed on November 24th, 1963, and lived to stand trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It was shot on location (that's worth the price in itself) and all of the key people are represented, although many of the names have been changed (possibly to avoid paying royalties to the real witnesses and players, but who knows). This could tend to be slightly irritating to researchers and serious students, but it doesn't detract from the drama as it unfolds.

I want to point out here that at no time during the film does it show Oswald doing anything illegal. We never see him with the rifle; we never see him in or around the "sniper's nest"; and we never see him shoot Officer Tippit. All conjecture. The film does tend to follow the findings of the Warren Commission Report, so new students to the assassination can get a good start here. Bottom line ... whether you believe in the lone nut theory or conspiracy, it is an entertaining and thought-provoking film.


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