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Cast

 
Hugh Aynesworth ... Himself
David Bellin ... Himself (archive footage)
Hale Boggs ... Himself - Warren Commission (archive footage)
Judith Campbell Exner ... Herself - Alleged JFK Mistress (archive footage)

Fidel Castro ... Himself - Cuban President (archive footage)
Ramsey Clark ... Himself - Attorney General (archive footage)
John Sherman Cooper ... Himself - Warren Commission (archive footage)

Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)
J.E. Curry ... Himself - Dallas Police Chief (archive footage)
Robert Dallek ... Himself
Ngo Dinh Diem ... Himself (archive footage)
Allen Dulles ... Himself - Warren Commission (archive footage)
Edward J. Epstein ... Himself
Edmond Fatter ... Himself (archive footage)
David Ferrie ... Himself (archive footage)

Gerald Ford ... Himself - Warren Commission (archive footage)
Jim Garrison ... Himself (archive footage)
Sam Giacono ... Himself (archive footage)
Todd Gitlin ... Himself
Kenneth Harris ... Himself - BBC Reporter (archive footage)

Gary Hart ... Himself
Tom Hayden ... Himself
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself - FBI Head (archive footage)
Lady Bird Johnson ... Herself - First Lady (archive footage)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)

Jacqueline Kennedy ... Herself - First Lady (archive footage) (as Jaqueline Kennedy)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself (archive footage)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Mark Lane ... Himself

Norman Mailer ... Himself
John J. McCloy ... Himself - Warren Commission (archive footage)
Priscilla McMillan ... Herself (as Priscilla Johnson McMillan)
Cliff Michelmore ... Himself (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Lee Harvey Oswald ... Himself - Alleged Assassin (archive footage)
Marguerite Oswald ... Herself - Oswald's Mother (archive footage)
Marina Oswald ... Herself - Oswald's Wife (archive footage)
Tom Pettit ... Himself (archive footage)

Dan Rather ... Himself
Harry Reasoner ... Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Richard B. Russell ... Himself - Warren Commission (archive footage)
Perry R. Russo ... Himself (archive footage)
Clay Shaw ... Himself (archive footage)
Arlen Specter ... Himself (archive footage)

Oliver Stone ... Himself - Filming JFK Movie
Josiah Thompson ... Himself
Edmond Walker ... Himself (archive footage)
Edwin A. Walker ... Himself (archive footage)

Mike Wallace ... Himself - News Reporter (archive footage)
Earl Warren ... Himself - Warren Commission (archive footage)
William C. Westmoreland ... Himself (archive footage)
Abraham Zapruder ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Robert Stone 
 
Writing credits
Robert Stone 

Produced by
Hazel Gurland .... line producer
Robert Stone .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gary Lionelli 
 
Cinematography by
Howard Shack 
 
Film Editing by
Don Kleszy 
Robert Stone 
 
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... sound re-recording mixer
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Stephen Barden .... sound effects editor
Mark Filip .... sound effects editor
Matt Snedecor .... assistant sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nelson Hume .... director of photography: second unit
Justin Schein .... additional photographer
 
Editorial Department
Mike Maguire .... colorist
Lawrence Mercer .... on-line editor
 

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83 min
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Visually Stunning But Otherwise Very Questionable, 20 February 2008
Author: Matthew Kresal from United States

It's impossible to review this film without having a bias. I do believe a conspiracy was responsible for the assassination of John F. Kennedy but, as always when dealing with these matters, I do keep an open mind. While the film ostensibly is not on the whodunit but that question has done to us, Oswald's Ghost has a definite bias in it. And that bias is what kills the film.

Director Robert Stone seems to have done his homework. His interviews cover many proponents of both sides of the argument. He also goes a step further to present unseen or rarely seen / heard materials including news clips and the actual Dallas police recordings. Stone also chooses to employ some interesting visual techniques in the film as well. For example there is the whirlpool of Oswald and Warren Commission images at the start of the film, the (apparent) black hole of conspiracy books, and the positive / negative effect on stock footage during the playing of the recording of Perry Russo's sodium pentothal questioning. These are all well done, but their use in Stone's context is questionable.

Thus the film's fault lies in its bias. Stone seems convinced that the mystery is solved and has been for nearly forty-five years. The film then proceeds to essentially say that independent researchers (that is to say conspiracy theorists) have led the public on a wild goose chase of truly epic proportions. Stone seems to use the film and virtually every frame to saying this. Stone's film is not just, as he claims, a study of the effect of a mystery on the public. For the most part the film feels like an indictment of those who dare not agree with his point of view.

Would the film have been better without this bias? That's hard to say, really. I suspect that one's own opinion on the topic determines how one interprets the film. While one can argue over the factuality of the film, it is visually striking in its presentation as if to shock and awe. Does it succeed in that aim? I'll leave you to be the judge…

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