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Interview with the Assassin (2002)

 -  Drama  -  9 May 2002 (USA)
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Almost forty years after the John F. Kennedy assassination, an ex-Marine named Walter Ohlinger has come forward with a startling claim.

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Dylan Haggerty ...
Ron Kobeleski
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Sharon Kobeleski
Kelsey Kemper ...
Karen Kobeleski
Dennis Lau ...
Steven Wu
Sonny Franks
Jared McVay ...
Jimmy Jones
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Walter's Ex-Wife
Jack Tate ...
John Seymour Jr.
Nicolas Mize ...
Gary Deetz
James Hiser ...
Alan Delvecchio
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John Seymour Sr.
Evan O'Meara ...
Secret Service Agent #1
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Out of work TV cameraman Ron Kobelski is approached by his formerly reclusive neighbor Walter Ohlinger. Ohlinger claims that he was the mysterious "second gunman" that shot and killed President Kennedy. Ohlinger has kept quiet all these years, but has decided to tell his story now that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Kobelski is skeptical of his neighbor's story, after his investigations provide ambiguous answers. His attitude changes, however, after he receives threatening messages on his answering machine, and spots shadowy figures in his backyard. Is Ohlinger telling the truth? Or is there a bigger conspiracy at work? Written by Mike Konczewski

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Dallas. 1963. The second shooter.

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9 May 2002 (USA)  »

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$750,000 (estimated)

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$18,716 (USA) (22 November 2002)

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$47,329 (USA) (6 December 2002)
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Interviewer: How did you meet Walter Ohlinger?
Ron Kobeleski: I met Walter 'cause he lived down the street from me. Somehow he knew that I was a camera man at KXBC, that I did the news there. Actually I'd just been laid-off, but he didn't know that. Any way, he said he'd committed a crime many years ago, never been caught, and he wanted to talk about it.
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Powerfully subtle. The "Blair Witch" of conspiracy theories.
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Not knowing what to expect, I recorded this on broadcast TV and was riveted from the opening scene. I usually like movies about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, and this was a great example.

The sense of place and tension was gripping, even with no soundtrack. The very lack of music added to the stark feel. A subtle scene involving video surveillance was especially chilling. It makes other movies seem overproduced and fake. They should use this technique in a lot more films. No need to involve a cameraman's angle; just have everyone talk and act naturally. Most movie dialog is too slick.

It's hard to imagine anyone else in the role of the shooter, laconically yet frighteningly played by Raymond J. Barry. He's one of those actors you know you've seen before but can't quite place. I'm going to check out his other movies to see if he pulls off that same quality.

Without giving away the ending, I don't think they could have done it any better. IWTA isn't as overtly scary as a more famous pseudo-documentary about a witch, but I put the two films in a similar category. You have to wonder if this was inspired by the BWP concept. It's excellent either way. I'll have to watch it again to catch anything they cut on TV.


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