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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rose Cheramie
Anthony Ramirez ... Epileptic
Ray LePere ... Zapruder
Steve Reed ... John F. Kennedy - Double
... Jackie Kennedy - Double (as Jodi Farber)
Columbia Dubose ... Nellie Connally - Double
Randy Means ... Gov. Connally - Double
... Jim Garrison
... Lou Ivon
E.J. Morris ... Plaza Witness #1
Cheryl Penland ... Plaza Witness #2
Jim Gough ... Plaza Witness #3
Perry R. Russo ... Angry Bar Patron
Mike Longman ... TV Newsman #1
... 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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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,223,658, 18 August 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$70,405,498

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,405,498
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The Jerry Johnson Show segment is based on Jim Garrison's real-life appearance on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson on January 31, 1968. Carson pressed Garrison with hostile questions, which Garrison believed was part of a concerted effort by the media to discredit him. Audio from the real interview was later used in an episode of Mad Men (2007), set in 1968. See more »

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David Ferrie's "confession" in Fountainbleu Hotel never happened. Ferrie went to his death denying any knowledge of Oswald or the plot to kill JFK. See more »

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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 ...
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Opening quote: "To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men." --Ella Wheeler Wilcox See more »

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Referenced in The Air Up There (1994) See more »

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One of the best and most important films ever made!
9 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

Oliver Stone's epic film which follows the real-life events of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison is a monumental movie event. It should have been named the Best Picture of 1991 instead of The Silence of the Lambs.

Everything about this film is perfect and it shows that when an intriguing story comes together with all other elements of filmmaking that are executed brilliantly, the film works on so many levels.

First off, Stone's direction is as good as it gets. He has an incredible passion for the subject, knowledge of the art and relationship with the camera. All of his footage goes together seamlessly and makes the 3 h 08 min running time blow by. He gets a strong performance out of the entire ensemble cast especially Costner, Jones, Oldman, and Pesci.

Scalia and Hutsching's editing is a work of art and tells the complicated story with incredible precision. Richardson's cinematography lights up the screen in both colour and black and white. Both of these technical aspects of filmmaking are molded into sheer artistry by these three men who have all deserved their Oscars for this film.

John Williams' score is one of his best (right up there with his Indiana Jones and Star Wars). The script is intelligent, thought-provoking, mesmorizing and heart-wrenching. Costner's closing speech to the Jury is finer that Nicholson's in A Few Good Men, McConaughey's in A Time to Kill and Jackson's in Pulp Fiction. It is Stone and Sklar's best work.

The subject matter is incredibly controverial and subjective but Stone's delivers it with such emotion and raw power that his alternate myth to the Warren Report seems factual. The film is an investigation into the human spirit and how the vigour and dedication of one man and his team of associates can rise above the highest powers of the world and encode a message into the minds and hearts of millions. John F. Kennedy has countless achievements and qualities as a president which makes his life and term one of the most incredible and worthy of deep study.

Oliver Stone's JFK should go down in film history as one of the most important American films ever produced. Watch it with an open mind free of prejudice and predisposition and you will find yourself wanting to go to the library and learn more about this global tragedy.


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