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JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America -- JFK 3 Shots That Changed America is a film that uses unique, rarely seen footage to document the Kennedy assassination and nearly 50 years of speculation following this murder. This four-hour documentary is 100% archive, an intricate tapestry of images an

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Cast

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John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Earle Cabell ... Himself (archive footage)
Adlai Stevenson ... Himself (archive footage)
Jesse E. Curry ... Himself (archive footage)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)

Jacqueline Kennedy ... Herself (archive footage)
John Connally ... Himself (archive footage)
W.E. Newman Jr. ... Himself (archive footage) (as Bill Newman)
Gayle Newman ... Herself (archive footage)
Ron Cochran ... Himself (archive footage)
J.D. Tippit ... Himself (archive sound)
Joe Scott ... Himself - Reporter (archive sound)
Lee Harvey Oswald ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Clark ... Himself (archive sound)

Tom Wicker ... Himself - New York Times (archive sound)
Abraham Zapruder ... Himself (archive footage)
Jay Watson ... Himself - WFAA Program Director (archive footage)
Robert Shaw ... Himself (as Dr. Robert Shaw)
Gladys Johnson ... Herself - Oswald's Landlady (archive footage)
Earlene Roberts ... Herself - Oswald's Housekeeper (archive footage)
Charles von Fremd ... Himself (archive footage)
Henry M. Wade ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Lord ... Himself - ABC News (archive footage)
Sid Davis ... Himself - Reporter (archive sound)

Mike Wallace ... Himself (archive footage)
Marina Oswald ... Herself (archive footage)
Glen King ... Himself - Police Captain (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Collingwood ... Himself (archive footage)

Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Roy Kinnear ... Himself (archive footage)

Dan Rather ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Nicole Rittenmeyer 
Seth Skundrick 
 
Produced by
Allison Ferner .... junior assistant producer
Dolores Gavin .... executive producer
Nicole Rittenmeyer .... executive producer
Katerina Simic .... producer
Seth Skundrick .... executive producer
Hugo Soskin .... producer
Elizabeth Tyson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Brill 
 
Film Editing by
Katerina Simic 
Seth Skundrick 
 
Production Management
Chris Avila Hübschmann .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Paul Brill .... sound designer
Katerina Simic .... sound designer
Damon Trotta .... sound designer
 
Editorial Department
Jacob Condon .... on-line editor (as Jacob Condon)
Owen Cooper .... associate editor
Christopher Harrison .... on-line editor
Emily O'Brien .... associate editor
Jack Porobil .... associate editor
Stephen Johns .... on-line assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Paul Brill .... composer: additional music
Paul Brill .... composer: theme music
 
Other crew
Charles L. Bronson .... archive source
Frances Bronson .... archive source
Jeff Sanders .... legal services
Walter Cronkite .... off-screen voice on news bulletin (archive footage) (uncredited)
 

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Compelling and haunting, excellently compiled and edited, 18 October 2009
Author: MartianOctocretr5 from Redondo Beach, CA

When any historical documentary can transport you to another time and place, and feel the emotions from what you're seeing, it has succeeded in its purpose. The JFK assassination has been related many times, but this History Channel production is the best time capsule of the horrific news of November 22, 1963 ever.

It's related in just the manner that most people learned of and witnessed on that fateful day, and the subsequent events in the aftermath. The evening news anchors had, by 1963, become the trusted voices of the public's lifeline to national and world events. The likes of Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley, John Chancellor, Harry Reasoner, and several others brought to life the rapidly unfolding events surrounding the tragedy, as passioned viewers could only be spectators from the living rooms. The story is presented in just that matter.

This compilation of vintage footage from original network news coverage, is brilliantly edited. In places, it's conveyed at almost to real-time chronology (especially the moments immediately before and after the assassination). The faces of JFK, Jackie Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, John Connelly, Bobby Kennedy, John-John, Lyndon Johnson; all are real, and you truly feel "You are there," to quote Cronkite. The sequence showing how a soap opera was in progress, with the very first news bulletin at 12:30 PM, was almost eerie in how it accomplishes this. In fact, seeing the events unfold again in this format, perhaps because of the original black&white technology, is haunting in its entirety. The person-on-the-street interviews of people, the testimonies of eye witness at the site of the shooting, etc. all bring to life this 46-year-old piece of history.

Events in the months and years following that study the conspiracy theory and Warren commission report are a little slower and the power of the story weakens as the time line spreads out. This has to be addressed, of course, because it was fallout from the assassination, but it just doesn't quite maintain the emotional level of Nov. 1963 portion. Still, the story is well told.

This is a fine production, that reverently, powerfully, and honestly relates the subject manner.

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