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(1992)

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The character of Sheryl Ann 'Candy Cane' DuJean, portrayed by Sherilyn Fenn, is a fictitious character. However, she is a composite of several real-life women including stripper Candy Barr (who befriended Jack Ruby), Marilyn Monroe (of whom Candy Cane is a look-alike) and Judith Campbell Exner (who said she had affairs with both Sam Giancana and John F. Kennedy).
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Danny Aiello replaced Bob Hoskins in the central role of Jack Ruby. Hoskins was originally signed to play Ruby but filming delays meant that he had to report for duty on the set of Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991). Hoskins and this film's director John Mackenzie had previously collaborated on two cinema movie collaborations. These were the theatrical feature films Beyond the Limit (1983), and the first, The Long Good Friday (1980).
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Candy Cane's first name is Sheryl Ann, which is Sherilyn Fenn's (who portrays her) real first name.
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Willie Garson, who stars as Lee Harvey Oswald, also plays LHO in Quantum Leap (1989)
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The picture was released in the USA about three months after JFK (1991), Oliver Stone's film about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
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Two actors portrayed John F. Kennedy with archive footage of the actual American President John F. Kennedy himself bringing the total to three JFK personas appearing in the movie. Willie Garson played JFK in the Dallas scenes whilst Gérard David, billed as Gerard David, portrayed JFK in the Las Vegas scenes.
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The picture features original 1960s black-and-white stock archive footage some featuring both Jacqueline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy.
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The film is notable for the appearance of two actors in early supporting roles. They are Tobin Bell from the "Saw" film franchise and David Duchovny from The X-Files (1993) and Californication (2007).
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The film was made and released about five years after its source stage play "Love Field" by Stephen Davis had been first performed at the Bush Theatre in London, England in 1987. Davis also penned the screenplay for the picture. A movie called Love Field (1992) was released in the same 1992 year as Ruby (1992) but it was not based on Davis' stage production.
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Publicity for this picture from the filmmakers declared that the movie was "speculative fiction."
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The name of Jack Ruby (Danny Aiello)'s strip-joint and night-spot was "The Carousel Club".
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Debut produced cinema movie screenplay of playwright and film & television writer Stephen Davis.
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On the morning of November 24, 1963, while being transferred from a jail cell to an interrogation office, Lee Harvey Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner, allegedly acting out of rage and anguish over the death of the president. Ruby was tried and found guilty of murder (March 14, 1964) and was sentenced to death. In October 1966 a Texas appeals court reversed the conviction, but, before a new trial could be held, Ruby died of a blood clot, complicated by cancer (Jan. 3, 1967).
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In real life, Jack Ruby earned the nickname "Sparky" due to his famous violent temper.
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At his trial, Jack Ruby claimed that he killed ;Lee Harvey Oswald' to spare Jacqueline Kennedy the anguish of having to testify at her husband's murder trial. Later he recanted the statement, saying that his lawyer had put him up to it. On 14th March 1964, he was convicted of Oswald's murder and sentenced to death. That conviction was later overturned but he died of lung cancer in 1967 before he could get a new trial.
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Jack Ruby opened The Carousel Club in 1954 and kept ownership until he went to jail in 1963. He built up a friendly relationship with the Dallas police chiefly because he was running an establishment that they could easily close down, one of the reasons being Ruby's alleged ties to organized crime figures. This relationship allowed him access to come and go at police headquarters and is how he was able to have access to the garage on the day he murdered Lee Harvey Oswald.
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After Jack Ruby's conviction in 1964, he was kept in a prison cell that overlooked Dealey Plaza, which is where President John F. Kennedy was shot.
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After being taken into custody after shooting Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby was taken to the same cell that Oswald occupied while at the Dallas County Jail.
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When the Warren Commission came to Dallas,Texas in the USA, Jack Ruby asked on eight occasions to be taken to Washington to testify, to no avail.
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Actress Sherilyn Fenn portrayed a character who had two names: Candy Cane and Sheryl Ann DuJean.
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Actor Joe Viterelli portrayed a character, Joe Valachi, who had the same first name as his own. Valachi's real first name was Joseph with Joe being a nick-name.
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The DVD sleeve notes describe this motion picture as a "fictionalized biopic".
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Joe Viterelli played Joe Valachi (aka Joseph Valachi) in this movie which was first released in 1992 which was the 20th Anniversary year of when Charles Bronson had portrayed Valachi in The Valachi Papers (1972) which had debuted in cinemas in 1972. Bronson was the first actor to play Valachi on the big screen with Viterelli being the second.
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The film notably featured two characters who had alliterated names: Candy Cane (Sherilyn Fenn) and Telephone Trixie (Veronica Hart but billed as Jane Hamilton).
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Colourful names of some of the characters in the movie included Candy Cane, Tony Montana, Action Jackson, Mickey the Shoe, and Telephone Trixie.
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The film was made and released about fifteen years after the same titled but unrelated horror movie Ruby (1977).
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This movie takes it title from the last name of Jack Ruby, who is the film's title character, portrayed by actor Danny Aiello. As one of the picture's taglines declares: "The man who shot the man who shot J.F.K. was Ruby". JFK is the abbreviated nick-name of former assassinated American president John F. Kennedy whilst the man who is considered to have shot JFK was Lee Harvey Oswald whom Ruby shot a soon time after the assassination of JFK.
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According to the Wikipedia website, "Ruby (1992) was not a financial success at the box office, perhaps overshadowed by the release of JFK (1991) previously. The film was released to mixed to negative reviews from critics . . ."
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Jack Ruby is mentioned by name in Irish singer Paul Brady's song, "Nobody Knows" (1992). The lyric states: "...nobody knows what Ruby had to hide...".
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Jack Ruby, during his trial, the head of his team of defense lawyers was the San Francisco-based Melvin Belli. One of Belli's assistants was Sam Brody, who switched his focus from murder to divorce, handling the divorce proceedings of Jayne Mansfield and Matt Cimber that began on July 20, 1966 (when Ruby was still alive). The famous couple's divorce was still pending on June 29, 1967 when Brody and Mansfield, romantically involved, died in a car accident that also killed a 20-year-old African American man named Ronnie Harrison. Harrison was driving the couple and three of Mansfield's children, including Mariska Hargitay, from Biloxi, Mississippi to New Orleans where Mansfield was scheduled to appear on a locally broadcast TV show. An urban legend has Sam Brody bringing with him in the car a briefcase filled with secrets about the JFK assassination. That is false.
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One of numerous movies where actor Marc Lawrence has portrayed a criminal-gangster-mobster type character.
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An actual life quote by Jack Ruby says: "I have been used for a purpose, and there will be a certain tragic occurrence happening if you don't take my testimony and somehow vindicate me so my people don't suffer because of what I have done."
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A real life quote by Jack Ruby states: "It may not be too late, whatever happens, if our President, Lyndon Johnson, knew the truth from me. But if I am eliminated, there won't be any way of knowing."
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Jack Ruby once said in true life: "I am as innocent regarding any conspiracy as any of you gentlemen in the room."
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"Maybe something can be saved, something can be done", Jack Ruby once said in real life.
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This motion picture's opening title card reads: "Chicago, 1962".
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Final cinema movie for around eight years for director John Mackenzie whose next theatrical feature film would be When the Sky Falls (2000).
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According to show-business trade paper 'Variety, of the Candy Cane / Sheryl Ann DuJean (Sherilyn Fenn) character, ". . . it's revealed at the end, [that she] is a composite of various characters."
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The name of the actor who had portrayed Jack Ruby in Oliver Stone's movie about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which originally had only debuted in cinemas stateside about three months earlier, was Brian Doyle-Murray.
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The picture ". . . points a finger at organized crime and rogue elements within the CIA as the parties responsible for bringing Camelot to a crashing end" according to show-business trade paper 'Variety'.
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Debut theatrical feature film of actor Maurice Benard.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The film's epilogue during the closing credits states: "Jack Ruby died in the Dallas County Jail in 1967. His request to be taken to Washington to testify was never granted".
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The quotation appearing during the movie's closing credits states: "The world will never know the true facts of what occurred, my motives . . . because unfortunately the people who had so much to gain . . . will never let the true facts come out aboveboard to the world" - Jack Ruby, Dallas County Jail, 1965.
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Though Jack Ruby died in prison in Dallas, Texas his body was flown back to his birthplace of Chicago, Illinois. Ruby is interred there at Westlawn Cemetery.
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Jack Ruby was taken ill in prison, and died at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, the same hospital where President John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald died.
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The film's closing credits disclaimer states: "While certain characters and events are based on real people and actual events, other characters and incidents are purely fictional. Fictional characters include, among others, the character Candy Cane and all incidents involving Candy Cane are fictional. Any similarity between fictional characters and living persons is unintended and coincidental".
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