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
Don Johnson tried hard to get the part of Jim Garrison. He was turned down, as Stone and the producers felt the actors own public image would make him a hard sell as Garrison. See more »
During a flashback detailing the running of guns from Dallas to Miami via New Orleans, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is shown as a double span. As the time was pre-Kennedy assassination, the Causeway would have been just a single span - the second span was not open for traffic until 1969. Additionally, traffic going to Miami from New Orleans would not have traveled via the Causeway. See more »
"To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards of men." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
...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...
January, 1961. President Dwight D. Eisenhowers's Farewell Address to the Nation.
...This conjunction of an immense military establishment and arms industry ...
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Whether you agree with Jim Garrison's conspiracy theory or not, Stone's film is an effective mystery.
The pieces of the puzzle are put together with great skill so that the viewer is kept involved despite the length of the film. The John Williams score helps to build the atmosphere of intrigue and confusion. Costner is rather bland, as usual, but that works well here since he is surrounded by such an interesting group of colorful characters.
This is definitely a good mystery -- and a frightening one if even part of the conspiracy theory has validity.
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