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Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived -- In the era of nuclear confrontation, John F. Kennedy attempted to prevent war six times during his short tenure as president. He didn't live to face a seventh. VIRTUAL JFK: VIETNAM IF KENNEDY HAD LIVED takes up one of America's controversial "what if" scenarios, examining the question: Would the U.S. have escalated the war in Vietnam if Kennedy was not assassinated in 1963? With insight and erudition, the film traces JFK's presidency - a 1,000-day term plagued with tense political stand-offs - through rare and previously-unseen archival footage, offering nuanced accounts of the former president's political decisions and, by extension, his probable response to the escalating conflict in Vietnam. Featuring unprecedented access into the leadership style of one of the nation's most important leaders, VIRTUAL JFK sheds new light on the man who helped avoid war in six crises and did not live to save America from the devastating war in Vietnam.
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John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Koji Masutani 
Writing credits
Koji Masutani (written by)

Produced by
Peter O. Almond .... producer
James Blight .... producer (as James G. Blight)
Benjamin C. Collier .... consulting producer
Pamela Hogan .... consulting producer
Janet Lang .... producer (as Janet M. Lang)
Koji Masutani .... executive producer
Michael Paszt .... co-producer
David A. Welch .... producer
Original Music by
Joshua Kern 
Cinematography by
Edward Huff 
Koji Masutani 
Curt Worden 
Film Editing by
Koji Masutani 
Production Design by
Ellen V. Darling 
Katherine Farrell 
Ellen C. White 
Sound Department
Kevin Kalunian .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Thurber .... assistant camera
Roger Yergeau .... grip
Editorial Department
Michael A. Dawson .... post-production coordinator
Other crew
Peter John Casey .... production assistant

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USA:80 min

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Factual errors: The narration states that Secret Service agents failed to protect William McKinley on 6 September 1901. When McKinley was alive, the Secret Service was a Treasury investigation committee, inspecting national currency to root out counterfeit bills. It was not assigned to presidential protection until the aftermath of McKinley's murder.See more »


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Why skills of diplomacy are key to world peace, 8 July 2012
Author: mosoul_65 from United States

Speculative fiction is a tricky business. This documentary does a good job of staying grounded in fact. The hawks of JFK's time called his approach to international affairs appeasement. I call it the art of diplomacy. Reason and compromise leave all sides less than satisfied. JFK had the emotional maturity to resist calls for extremism. His South Pacific wartime experience tempered his judgment. Rather than classify himself as a hawk or a dove, he said "I am a democrat who was elected president, hopefully a responsible one." The use of Cuban crisis audio tapes where General Curtis Le May says you're in a pretty bad fix Mr. President and JFK responds, "Well you're in there with me" are most interesting. The fragile turning point of the Gulf of Tonkin is inescapable. Humphrey's career is an American cautionary tale in not speaking your mind.

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