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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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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Compelling, but ultimately unsatisfactory, 24 March 2008
Author: groggo from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I was in the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper's library when I heard the news of Kennedy's assassination. Thus began a great mystery in the U.S. and around the world that continues to this day. Trillions of words and thousands of books have been written about the assassination, and that alone tells us that there is no one satisfactory theory about why or how Kennedy was murdered.

Robert Stone's documentary is both odd and disjointed. As someone else on this board has already noted, director Stone starts off with a reasonably balanced view of the assassination, leads us through various conspiracy theories and talking heads, and then, boom, just like that, in the final 10 minutes, allows noted author Norman Mailer to wrap it up for us: Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

Mailer offers his 'evidence' more from a novelist's point of view than from one of evidence. Mailer's 'proof': Oswald was living in desperate straits, he was frustrated but bright and articulate, he had delusions of grandeur, he wanted a permanent place in American history, he worked in a building on the parade route, and voila: it all came together.

Director Stone ends his movie focused on Mailer's fanciful artistic interpretation of events (Oswald's ghost knows the answers, but a ghost will not tell us). It's quizzical to say the least.

Mailer (and ultimately filmmaker Stone himself) leaves out a glaring contradiction that still stares at conspiracy theorists today. It's a glaring contradiction not wrapped in Maileresque language: the famous Zapruder film (now digitalized for even more vivid inspection), which clearly shows that Kennedy had the top of his head blown off by a shot from the FRONT, not from the Texas Schoolbook Depository in the rear, where Lee Harvey Oswald was purportedly firing three shots in six seconds.

It is peculiar that Mailer, Stone, Elliott Jay Epstein (author of a book on the murder), former student radical-activist Todd Gatlin, and disgraced former Senator Gary Hart have all attached themselves to the 'single gunman' theory. Oswald may well have been involved up to his skinny little neck, but it still doesn't explain Zapruder's remarkable film, which has nothing to do with Oswald the Man, but merely frightening evidence that something else was happening on that fateful day in November 1963. That 'something else' has never been explained, and this film basically ignores it.

This film ultimately leaves the viewer with more questions than answers. Exactly what we needed: even more questions about the Kennedy assassination.

'Oswald's Ghost' left me with this uncomfortable feeling that too many people are desperate to put this whole messy business behind us. It is, after all, much easier, and much neater, to blame it all on a single shooter who also happened to be crazy.

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