The Men Who Killed Kennedy (1988)

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A detailed examination of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, with emphasis on the discrepancies and inconsistencies in the government's official version of events.

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 Himself - President of the United States of America (archive footage) (9 episodes, 1988-2003)
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 Herself - First Lady of the United States of America / ... (archive footage) (8 episodes, 1988-2003)
Hilary Minster ...
 Narrator (6 episodes, 1988-1995)
Jack Ruby ...
 Himself (archive footage) (6 episodes, 1988-2003)
Lee Harvey Oswald ...
 Himself / ... (archive footage) (6 episodes, 1988-2003)
Robert J. Groden ...
 Himself - Assassination Researcher / ... (4 episodes, 1988-1991)
John Connally ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 1988-2003)
Mary Moorman ...
 Herself / ... (4 episodes, 1988-1995)
Gary Mack ...
 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1988-1991)
Cyril H. Wecht ...
 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1988-1991)
Jon Strickland ...
 Narrator (3 episodes, 2003)
Beverly Oliver ...
 Herself / ... (3 episodes, 1988-1991)
Jim Leavelle ...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1988-1991)
Paul O'Connor ...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1988-1991)
Paul Peters ...
 Himself - Parkland Hospital (3 episodes, 1988-1991)
Ralph Yarborough ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Himself (archive footage) (3 episodes, 1991-2003)
Larry Harris ...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1991)
Marina Oswald ...
 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1991-1995)
Harold Weisberg ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
Charles Brehm ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1995)
Don Archer ...
 Himself - Dallas Police (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
Bob Carroll ...
 Himself - Dallas Police (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
L.C. Graves ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
Robert McClelland ...
 Himself - Parkland Hospital (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
L. Fletcher Prouty ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
Aubrey Rike ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
Nellie Connally ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1991-1995)
Jesse E. Curry ...
 Himself - Dallas Police / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1991)
Patrick Dean ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1991)
Gerald L. Hill ...
 Himself - Dallas Police (2 episodes, 1991)
James P. Hosty ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1991)
Marguerite Oswald ...
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Ruth Paine ...
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Gus Rose ...
 Himself - Dallas Police (2 episodes, 1991)
Mary E. Woodward ...
 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1991)
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 Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1995-2003)
Charles Crenshaw ...
 Himself - Surgeon (2 episodes, 2003)
Billie Sol Estes ...
 Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2003)
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A detailed examination of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, with emphasis on the discrepancies and inconsistencies in the government's official version of events.

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A sixth episode was released in 1995 titled "The Truth Shall Make You Free" which details recent discoveries made since the original series. For the 40th anniversary of the JFK assassination in 2003, three additional episodes were released. These three episodes included "The Smoking Guns," "The Love Affair" (centering on an interview with Oswald's mistress Judyth Vary), and "The Guilty Men" (centering on Lyndon Johnson). See more »

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There's wheat here, but beware of the chaff
18 February 2003 | by (Havelock NC USA) – See all my reviews

"The Men Who Killed Kennedy" (known as TMWKK from hereon out) is in my opinion, the best documentary on the Kennedy case. Produced in 1988, it covered the Kennedy case from almost every angle. Bill Kurtis was the narrator of the US edition and Hilary Minster narrated the British version. (I had the second British version of the documentary; my review is based on it). The theory put forward in TMWKK is that a team of three French assassins pulled off the assassination. One of the assassins was dead. The other two (as of 1988) were still living. Herein lays the first piece of chaff in the pile of wheat. One of the two assassins named in the series threatened to sue the TV network that put together TMWKK. Apologies were made, and the series was rewritten to remove the names of the other two "assassins." The other pieces of chaff concern the witness statements of Gordon Arnold and Beverly Oliver. In 1978, Arnold told a tale that he was on the grassy knoll the day of the assassination and had been filming the motorcade with a movie camera. It was later discovered he was not in Dallas. Oliver was a nightclub singer and claimed to be the 'Babushka Lady' who was in Dealey Plaza that day. The jury is still out on her story. To quote Gary Mack (a researcher who is in TMWKK), 'While much of the original five-part production holds up well today, some is outdated or contradicted by new information.' Above all, do you own thinking! Don't let this documentary or anything else by your guide.


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