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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rose Cheramie
Anthony Ramirez ...
Ray LePere ...
Steve Reed ...
Jackie Kennedy - Double (as Jodi Farber)
Columbia Dubose ...
Nellie Connally - Double
Randy Means ...
Gov. Connally - Double
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


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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20 December 1991 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,223,658, 18 August 2012, Wide Release

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Charlie Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, and D.B. Sweeney were considered for Lee Harvey Oswald. See more »


When Jim Garrison is front of JFK's tomb, can be seen him with his arms folded, and he has the right hand over his chin and mouth, changing it to the left arm in a close-up. After camera changes to long shot where appear and black father and his little son, in the next close-up right hand missed from the left arm. 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 statement: What Is Past Is Prologue See more »


Referenced in September 11th, and Beyond... The Babel Conspiracy (2007) See more »


Eternal Father, Strong To Save
Written by William Whiting
Arranged and conducted by John Williams
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A Modern Cultural Obsession
29 September 2007 | by 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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