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A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

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Anthony Ramirez ...
Ray LePere ...
Steve Reed ...
Jodie Farber ...
Jackie Kennedy - Double (as Jodi Farber)
Columbia Dubose ...
Randy Means ...
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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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$70,405,498 (USA)
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Oliver Stone: Oliver Stone can be seen very briefly in the assassination re-enactment. Look very close for him as the Secret Service agent who runs towards the back of the limo after the fatal headshot. See more »

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The audience is told that JFK was killed by professional assassins. What professional assassins would draw attention to themselves by parking halfway up on a curb on a street heavy with traffic? 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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Concerto No. 2 For Horn & Orchestra, K. 417; I - Allegro Maestoso
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Dale Clevenger, Liszt Ferenc Kamarazenekar (as Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra),
János Rolla (as Janos Rolla), Leader
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A Modern Cultural Obsession
29 September 2007 | by (Canada) – 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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