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New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

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Oliver Stone

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Oliver Stone (screenplay), Zachary Sklar (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Kirkland ... Rose Cheramie
Anthony Ramirez Anthony Ramirez ... Epileptic
Ray LePere Ray LePere ... Zapruder
Steve Reed Steve Reed ... John F. Kennedy - Double
Jodie Farber ... Jackie Kennedy - Double (as Jodi Farber)
Columbia Dubose Columbia Dubose ... Nellie Connally - Double
Randy Means Randy Means ... Gov. Connally - Double
Kevin Costner ... Jim Garrison
Jay O. Sanders ... Lou Ivon
E.J. Morris E.J. Morris ... Plaza Witness #1
Cheryl Penland Cheryl Penland ... Plaza Witness #2
Jim Gough Jim Gough ... Plaza Witness #3
Perry R. Russo Perry R. Russo ... Angry Bar Patron
Mike Longman Mike Longman ... TV Newsman #1
Edward Asner ... Guy Bannister
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Storyline

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 Cole Matthews

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He's a District Attorney. He will risk his life, the lives of his family, everything he holds dear for the one thing he holds sacred... the truth. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Tommy Lee Jones and Oliver Stone were born on the same day. See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
title card: "To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards of men." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
President Eisenhower: ...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...
Narrator: January, 1961. President Dwight D. Eisenhowers's Farewell Address to the Nation.
President Eisenhower: ...This conjunction of an immense military establishment and arms industry is ...
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Opening quote: "To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men." --Ella Wheeler Wilcox See more »

Alternate Versions

A fake Oswald (Frank Whaley) is seen in a flashback test-driving a new car and talking about Russia to the salesman. See more »

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Spoofed in Half Baked (1998) See more »

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El Watusi
Written and Performed by Ray Barretto
Courtesy of Tico Records / Sonido Inc.
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A Modern Cultural Obsession
29 September 2007 | by pacific-oconnorSee all my reviews

The assassination of JFK has been told in every possible way through every available medium. Oliver Stone managed the unimaginable transforming and almost folk tragedy, through a mix of drama and cinema veritè, into a riveting mystery thriller with the paranoiac style of a man who's in touch with paranoia in a quasi permanent basis. Unnerving, frustrating and spectacularly satisfying. Kevin Costner manages to be convincing as the center piece of the conspiracy theory. We believe the whole damn thing because we see it through his logic. Sissy Spacek, as his wife, represents most us and she does it brilliantly. Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Bacon are a pleasure to watch. Donald Sutherland, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and even John Candy, Sally Kirkland and Vincent D'Onofrio deliver little parts of the puzzle without ever becoming distracting. Gary Oldman is a chilling dead ringer for Lee Harvey Oswald. For film lovers, for history nuts, for pop culture fanatics and for conspiracy theorists, this is a must.


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Release Date:

20 December 1991 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,223,658, 22 December 1991

Gross USA:

$70,405,498

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,405,498
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Technical Specs

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| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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