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JFK (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, History, Thriller  |  20 December 1991 (USA)
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A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Ramirez ...
Ray LePere ...
Steve Reed ...
Jodie Farber ...
Jackie Kennedy - Double (as Jodi Farber)
Columbia Dubose ...
Randy Means ...
E.J. Morris ...
Plaza Witness #1
Cheryl Penland ...
Plaza Witness #2
Jim Gough ...
Plaza Witness #3
Perry R. Russo ...
Angry Bar Patron
Mike Longman ...
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On November 22, 1963, president John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested for the crime and subsequently shot by Jack Ruby, supposedly avenging the president's death. An investigation concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby acted alone in their respective crimes, but Louisiana district attorney Jim Garrison is skeptical. Assembling a trusted group of people, Garrison conducts his own investigation, bringing about backlash from powerful government and political figures. Written by Cole Matthews

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He's a District Attorney. He will risk his life, the lives of his family, everything he holds dear for the one thing he holds sacred... the truth. See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 December 1991 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)


$70,405,498 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Gary Oldman, who played Lee Harvey Oswald in this film, also voiced Lee Harvey Oswald in the TV's Frontline (1983), Episode #11.20: "Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?", original air date: 9 November 1993. See more »


The man dressed as Satan can be seen removed twice by security. Once in a close up, and a few seconds later in an overhead shot, the same security guard is grabbing hold of the man in the devil costume and removing him. See more »


[first lines]
title card: "To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards of men." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
President Eisenhower: ...We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. And to do this three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishement. We annually spend on military security alone...
Narrator: January, 1961. President Dwight D. Eisenhowers's Farewell Address to the Nation.
President Eisenhower: ...This conjunction of an immense military establishment and arms industry ...
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Closing dedication: Dedicated to the young in whose spirit the search for truth marches on See more »


References As the World Turns (1956) See more »


Ode to Buckwheat
Written and Performed by Brent Lewis
From the recording: Earth Tribe Rhythms
Courtesy of Ikauma Records
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A Modern Cultural Obsession
29 September 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The assassination of JFK has been told in every possible way through every available medium. Oliver Stone managed the unimaginable transforming and almost folk tragedy, through a mix of drama and cinema veritè, into a riveting mystery thriller with the paranoiac style of a man who's in touch with paranoia in a quasi permanent basis. Unnerving, frustrating and spectacularly satisfying. Kevin Costner manages to be convincing as the center piece of the conspiracy theory. We believe the whole damn thing because we see it through his logic. Sissy Spacek, as his wife, represents most us and she does it brilliantly. Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Bacon are a pleasure to watch. Donald Sutherland, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and even John Candy, Sally Kirkland and Vincent D'Onofrio deliver little parts of the puzzle without ever becoming distracting. Gary Oldman is a chilling dead ringer for Lee Harvey Oswald. For film lovers, for history nuts, for pop culture fanatics and for conspiracy theorists, this is a must.

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