The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.
A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.
On November 22, 1963, president John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested for the crime and subsequently shot by Jack Ruby, supposedly avenging the president's death. An investigation concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby acted alone in their respective crimes, but Louisiana district attorney Jim Garrison is skeptical. Assembling a trusted group of people, Garrison conducts his own investigation, bringing about backlash from powerful government and political figures.Written by
"X" (Donald Sutherland) says he spent World War II in Yugoslavia. Kelly's Heroes (1970), a World War II film, was filmed in Yugoslavia. See more »
On the DVD edition, when Jim Garrison and his assistant Lou are in the corner window of the Texas School Book Depository, there is an additional piece discussing more CIA connections. It has been pointed out that, in this scene, they mention "our friend Clay Shaw" although the real name of Clay Bertrand has not yet been discovered. However, "Clay Shaw" is, in fact, already known to Garrison & his crew as an important man and director of the local trade mart (even Garrison's wife knows of him as she states in a scene a few minutes later regarding Mr. Shaw's charity work). It is in this capacity that he is known as "our friend Clay Shaw" who made CIA introductions. What was not known was that the mystery man for whom they were looking, David Ferrie's money-man friend, "Clay Bertrand" & the important, respectable, well-known man about town "Clay Shaw" were one & the same man. This is evident when in almost the very next scene Bill Broussard (Michael Rooker) is shocked when he hears that Bertrand & Shaw are one & the same man and everyone's shock when he announces this news to the investigation group. Though the script is not extraordinarily clear on this point (making it easy to assign this as a continuity goof), it is the connection between these men that is the mystery, not specifically the knowledge of a man named Clay Shaw. See more »
"To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards of men." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
...We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. And to do this three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishement. We annually spend on military security alone...
January, 1961. President Dwight D. Eisenhowers's Farewell Address to the Nation.
...This conjunction of an immense military establishment and arms industry ...
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Whether you agree with Jim Garrison's conspiracy theory or not, Stone's film is an effective mystery.
The pieces of the puzzle are put together with great skill so that the viewer is kept involved despite the length of the film. The John Williams score helps to build the atmosphere of intrigue and confusion. Costner is rather bland, as usual, but that works well here since he is surrounded by such an interesting group of colorful characters.
This is definitely a good mystery -- and a frightening one if even part of the conspiracy theory has validity.
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