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Executive Action (1973)

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

Director:

David Miller

Writers:

Dalton Trumbo (screenplay), Donald Freed (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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 of a Head of State See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wakeford / Orloff See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The first film to openly question the veracity of the Warren Commission's report into the death of John F. Kennedy. See more »

Goofs

Post 1963 cars can be seen in the background throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Chris: Yeah, I got his rifle. It's a 6.5 millimeter Italian Carcano. It shoots high and to the left, and the bolt sticks. Christ, the Italians quit makin' these 25 years ago! They called it "The rifle that never hurt anyone... on purpose!"
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Actors movie and a conspiracy theorist dream.
16 January 2014 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Executive Action is directed by David Miller and written by Dalton Trumbo, Donald Freed and Mark Lane. It stars Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Will Geer, Gilbert Green and John Anderson. Music is by Randy Edelman and cinematography by Robert Steadman.

In essence it's a film that is offering up a different theory to the Warren Commission's report that ruled Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating John F. Kennedy. Plot has Lancaster and Ryan as shady conspirators who plot the downfall of JFK on that fateful day November 22nd 1963. There's lots of talking, with the actors chewing into the dialogue whilst brooding considerably, their motives explained clearly, the framing of Oswald brought to life, and it rounds up to a triple gunmen scenario. We then get a startling revelation about what befell a number of eyewitnesses from that infamous day.

It's engrossing without being truly riveting, but the cast make it worth time spent. While if you like to buy into the conspiracy theory surrounding the assassination? Then it carries some extra entertainment value. 7/10


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