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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

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

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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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$70,405,498

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,405,498
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Martin Sheen previously played Kennedy, in Kennedy (1983). He also appeared in Oliver Stone's earlier film Wall Street (1987), in a role originally written for Jack Lemmon. Lemmon's first wife, Cynthia Stone, was later married to Cliff Robertson, who played Kennedy in PT 109 (1963). Robertson and Sheen also played Uncle Ben Parker in Spider-Man (2002) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), respectively. See more »

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During David Ferrie's nervous confession in the hotel, the toupee Joe Pesci wore changed position and style several times during scene going from a normal position on the forehead to nearly over his eyebrows. 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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Closing dedication: Dedicated to the young in whose spirit the search for truth marches on See more »

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Referenced in JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America (2009) See more »

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Small Dark Clouds
Written and Performed by Ed Tomney
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Time flies despite its daunting runtime - An informative and important film
9 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Reviewed April 2012

The movie might have exaggerated, dramatized or manipulated certain real events, but what a stunning presentation featuring one of the best ensemble performances and intense screenplay that holds the audience attention for well over 3 hours. Though it reminds a bit of 'All the presidents men', it doesn't have its subtlety.

It all starts after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the conspiracies surrounding the investigation. Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) a DA of New Orleans is convinced that there is a lot more to what the officials are willing to share and after finding a lot of loop holes in the Warren Commissions report, starts an unauthorized investigation with a small team from his office. He starts putting together facts, speculates certain conspiracy theories and the case starts consuming him. The fear, humiliation, object of losing his family doesn't stop him from going further.

The amount of information, fact or fiction fed to the audience in extraordinary and since it is a little speculative and involves one of the most popular conspiracy theories, there is a better chance the audience gets sucked into it. Screenplay doesn't allow a single dull moment and every actor gives a one up performance scene after scene. The look of the period and a clever mix of real and shot footage helps too. One problem here is that, it does not just present the important facts and let the viewer decide, it thinks for the viewer too. Thus dumbing down and ending up one dimensional.

Knowing the runtime beforehand might be a daunting task for you to attempt to watch this, trust me time flies is an idiom never more appropriate while watching this movie.


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