New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

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Jackie Kennedy - Double (as Jodi Farber)
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E.J. Morris ...
Plaza Witness #1
Cheryl Penland ...
Plaza Witness #2
Jim Gough ...
Plaza Witness #3
Perry R. Russo ...
Angry Bar Patron
Mike Longman ...
TV Newsman #1
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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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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,223,658 (USA) (18 August 2012)

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$70,405,498 (USA)
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One of three theatrical movies featuring Gary Oldman and Kevin Bacon. The movies are Criminal Law (1988), this film, and Murder in the First (1995). See more »

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When Ferrie is arguing in the hotel room with Garrison, his reflection in the nearby mirror seems to be talking when he is not. See more »

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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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Opening quote: "To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men." --Ella Wheeler Wilcox See more »

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Muskrat Ramble
Written by Kid Ory (as Edward Ory) and Ray Gilbert
Performed by Dr. Henry Levine's Barefoot Dixieland Philharmonic
Courtesy of RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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A good mystery
12 August 1998 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

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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