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A docudrama about the events surrounding the assassination of the 35th United States President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, in 1963, based on eyewitness and other testimonies.


Mel Stuart


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Lerner ... Jack Ruby
Frederic Forrest ... Lee Harvey Oswald
Doris Roberts ... Eva
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Captain J. Will Fritz
Bruce French ... Robert Oswald
Sandy McPeak ... District Attorney Wade
Lanna Saunders Lanna Saunders ... Marina Oswald
Sandy Ward ... Chief Curry
James Brodhead James Brodhead ... Judge Johnston (as James E. Brodhead)
Brian Dennehy ... George Paulsen
Gwynne Gilford ... Little Lynn
Gordon Jump ... Clyde Gaydosh
Erik Kilpatrick Erik Kilpatrick ... Andy Armstrong
Walter Mathews ... George
Michael Pataki ... Ike Pappas


A docudrama about the events surrounding the assassination of the 35th United States President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, in 1963, based on eyewitness and other testimonies.

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The story of four days in November 1963 that shook the world See more »


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Release Date:

8 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ruby & Oswald See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Frederic Forrest was born three years before the real Lee Harvey Oswald was. See more »


A post 1963 VW Bug and Chevy Van are in the scene where Oswald is escaping from the School Book Depository. See more »

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Total nonsense pretending to be fact.
3 February 2010 | by rchallonerSee all my reviews

Certainly this film is worth watching for the location filming and the real film of JFK but, as several reviewers have pointed out, as an account of the assassination of JFK it bears little resemblance to the truth. Some glaring errors have already been noted above, especially the ridiculous characterisations of Ruby and Oswald. Ruby was a mobster working for the New Orleans and Chicago mob and was never known to be a defender of JFK's 'honour' as portrayed in the film. This is a later invention aimed at providing a motive for his murder of Oswald, which was done to silence Oswald. Everything that Ruby does in the film is clearly intended to present him as some kind of good guy/avenger of JFK and is clumsily obvious. Furthermore, even basic details are wrong in this movie - for example, the package of 'curtain rods' which Oswald carried into Dallas was described by several witnesses as 13 inches long - yet in the film it looks more like two feet long to suggest a rifle. As for this film being based on the findings of the Warren Commission and thus being a 'truthful' account, a Senate Commission on Assassinations in the late 1970s re-investigated JFK's death and discredited the Warren Commission findings completely. In the opinion of the Senate Commission - which reviewed physical and witness evidence that the Warren Commission deliberately refused to admit, there WAS a conspiracy to kill JFK and they concluded that if Oswald was directly involved, he did not act alone. This is undisputed fact, as anyone can check. Further physical and eyewitness testimony that the Warren Commission refused to review also conclusively demonstrates that the fatal wound to JFK's head came from the right front, meaning there was a second gunman at least. Also, no fingerprints were ever found on the alleged murder weapon and Oswald's partial palm print was 'discovered' until after his death two days later. The only accurate point is that we never see Oswald firing the rifle - no one ever did.So viewers who think this film is an accurate representation are deluding themselves - and no, I'm not a conspiracy nut, I just prefer to keep an open mind and base my opinions on established fact rather than the accepting on face value anything that a government chooses to tell us. Incidentally, much of the acting in this movie is poor to say the least, wooden I would say. Only Frederic Forrest as Oswald carries any conviction in my opinion.

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