IMDb > Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived (2008)

Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived (2008) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 12 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
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.
Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived -- Trailer for Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived


User Rating:
6.9/10   107 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 29% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Koji Masutani (written by)
View company contact information for Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived on IMDbPro.
VIRTUAL JFK investigates one of the most debated "what if" scenarios in the history of U.S. foreign policy: What would President John F... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A very well made piece of 'what if' history See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)

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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

USA:80 min

Did You Know?

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 »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A very well made piece of 'what if' history, 26 January 2013
Author: U.N. Owen from NYC

The truth of the matter is Kennedy's presidency lasted but only 1000 days.

In that brief time, one president was put in a position 6 times of using military force - the first, being almost immediately after his inauguration.

I think the makers of this film did Kennedy's legacy proud.

It's not so much 'what if,' but, 'how did he respond before' that's asked., and what makes this film's portrayal of Kennedy had he lived, so riveting.

While Kennedy's presidency was brief, in a way, it served to preserve his legacy, as it wasn't long enough to become tarnished by such events as the unfolding Vietnam war.

I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning about leadership - a quality that's sorely lacking in the politicians of the current time, who - instead of working for OUR common good, bicker.

This shows that the conflicts and crises of this world don't stop - and that something as bad - or much worse - faces us every day.

This is one leader who we're given a glimpse into seeing 'what if,' and it saddens and surprises.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (5 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived (2008)

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Documentary section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.