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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
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Garrison tells his staff that "nothing was done" when William Walter, an FBI security clerk, claimed that he received a Teletype from FBI headquarters, warning of a possible assassination attempt against Kennedy 5 days before he was assassinated. In reality, the FBI instituted an investigation at each of its 59 offices, which yielded no evidence indicating the existence of such a Teletype. 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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In the time since I first saw the film "JFK", I have found myself
inexplicably drawn to the events in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. I
have researched online and in libraries to learn the truth of these
events, and I would say that my outlook on those matters has changed
substantially. But underneath that, and the controversy that developed
from it, there is one universal and almost indisputable truth regarding
the film: JFK is simply an excellent movie. And no difference of
opinion can refute this.
I have seen my fair share of films over the years, I'm not a cinema
maniac by any means. But I think I can judge a quality product when I
see one and that's simply what this picture presents. It is, as Tom
Wicker of the New York Times said at it's release, propaganda; but the
same can be said for every film by Michael Moore... of whom I'm NOT a
fan... but they are still strong pictures.
JFK runs the difficult task of presenting fact, fiction, conjecture and
opinion, twisting them all to present the increasingly difficult to
dispute conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone (and
according to director Oliver Stone, did not act) in the assassination
of President Kennedy.
The films accomplishments though, past this controversial thesis, are
many: 1.) Kevin Costner turns in one of the greatest performances of
his career. While his accent is stronger than Garrison and the physical
resemblance not astonishing, Costner three dimensionalizes a character
and lives in it throughout the film.
2.) An impressive and versatile cast is used superbly. The film is
loaded with quality stars such as Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones (in an
Oscar nominated role), Gary Oldman, and Joe Pesci (who share an intense
and crucial scene); as well as character actors and actresses such as
Michael Rooker, Sissy Spacek, and Jay Saunders. Stone even navigates a
dramatic turn from the late comedy great John Candy and utilizes
Hollywood legends Ed Asner, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Donald
3.) With the possible exception of the lone gunman theory, every
possibility of truth is explored, at least in dialogue. Because the
case has never been fully elaborated on no one can say for certain what
the truth is; Stone presents all views while advancing his theory.
4.) The film is a masterwork of editing. It won the Oscar for film
editing in 1991, and deserved it. I once read in Entertainment Weekly
that a normal film has roughly 200 cuts in it; there are more than
sixty in the opening minutes alone here. Even more impressive when you
consider the variety of film used.
JFK is not absolute fact, it does not truly pretend to be. By Stone's
own admission, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Rooker, and Kevin Bacon play
composites or dramatized characters, not the real thing. But standing
alone as a movie, JFK is untouchably excellent. And if it does force
you to question, as Costner's Garrison asks in the closing moments "of
what is our government made?", then it's all for the better.
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