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Executive Action (1973)

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Rogue intelligence agents, right-wing politicians, greedy capitalists, and free-lance assassins plot and carry out the JFK assassination in this speculative agitprop.

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David Miller

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Dalton Trumbo (screenplay), Donald Freed (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... James Farrington
Robert Ryan ... Robert Foster
Will Geer ... Harold Ferguson
Gilbert Green Gilbert Green ... Paulitz
John Anderson ... Halliday
Paul Carr ... Gunman (Chris) - Team A
Colby Chester ... Tim
Ed Lauter ... Operations Chief - Team A
Walter Brooke ... Smythe
John Brascia John Brascia ... Rifleman - Team B
Richard Bull ... Gunman - Team A
Sidney Clute ... Depository Clerk
Deanna Darrin Deanna Darrin ... Stripper
Lee Delano ... Gunman - Team A
Lloyd Gough ... Charlie McCadden
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A dramatization about how the high level covert conspirators in the JFK assassination might have planned and plotted the assassination based on the data and facts of the case. It posits that a covert group of rogue intelligence agents, ultra-conservative politicians, unscrupulously greedy business interests, and free-lance assassins become increasingly alarmed at President Kennedy's policies, including his views on race relations, winding down the Vietnam War, and ending the oil depletion allowance. They decide to terminate him through an "executive action" utilizing three teams of well-trained snipers during JFK's visit to Dallas and place the blame on supposed CIA operative Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone assassin. Written by duke1029

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Assassination conspiracy? The possibility is frightening. See more »


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First fictional film of the Kennedy assassination and it's subsequent controversies and conspiracies. See more »

Goofs

At about 25 minutes, an doctor's affidavit used to justify Lee Harvey Oswald's family hardship discharge from the Marines is shown. It states that Oswald's mother is being treated for acute nasopharyngitis and will be under treatment for about six months. The severity of the financial burden imposed by this illness is absurdly exaggerated, as is the illness's expected duration -- acute nasopharyngitis is nothing more than the common cold. See more »

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TV Commentator: Before his death, former President Lyndon. B. Johnson gave a three hour filmed interview to a well-known television commentator. On May 2, 1970, when this interview was shown on a national television network, it included the message that certain material had been deleted at President Johnson's insistence. It has been revealed that in the censored section, Johnson had expressed misgivings about the finding that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone, and that, in fact, he suspected that ...
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Referenced in November 22, 1963: In Search of an Answer (1973) See more »

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Well worth a look
24 February 2003 | by BruceCorneilSee all my reviews

Entertaining and interesting film which puts forward a seemingly plausible theory as to why JFK was assassinated.

The main thought seems to be that President Kennedy's ideas in regard to nuclear disarmament, racial equality and ensuring a square deal for America's most lowly paid workers were just too radical as far as the country's hard line conservatives were concerned.

Appears to have been generally well researched and non sensationalist.

However, it's a fair criticism to note that some of the finer points of period detail are slightly shaky. For example, some of the hairstyles and fashions definitely belong to the '70s rather than the early '60s. We have a '61 Chevy coupe with a tattered rear back seat which has obviously been parched by a decade of sun exposure. But these are minor points.

Don't worry too much about nit picking as this movie is most certainly well worth a look.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unternehmen Staatsgewalt See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Wakeford / Orloff See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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