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Ruby (1992)

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An exploration of certain conspiracy theories surrounding the JFK assassination from Jack Ruby's perspective. Ruby owns a run-down strip club in Dallas, and does what he can for credibility... See full summary »

Director:

John Mackenzie

Writers:

Stephen Davis (play), Stephen Davis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Aiello ... Jack Ruby
Sherilyn Fenn ... Sheryl Ann DuJean / Candy Cane
Tobin Bell ... David Ferrie
Joe Cortese ... Louie Vitali
David Duchovny ... Officer J.D. Tippit
Richard C. Sarafian ... Proby (as Richard Sarafian)
Leonard Termo ... Tony Ana
Arliss Howard ... Maxwell
Carmine Caridi Carmine Caridi ... Sam Giancana
Marc Lawrence ... Santos Alicante
John Roselius John Roselius ... Detective Smalls
Joe Viterelli ... Joseph Valachi
Frank Orsatti Frank Orsatti ... Action Jackson
Jeffrey Nordling ... Hank
Veronica Hart ... Telephone Trixie (as Jane Hamilton)
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Storyline

An exploration of certain conspiracy theories surrounding the JFK assassination from Jack Ruby's perspective. Ruby owns a run-down strip club in Dallas, and does what he can for credibility, both by giving information to the FBI and by doing the odd favor for his mafia contacts. When hitman Action Jackson is hit, Louie Vitali asks him to help get crime boss Santos out of a Cuban jail. When they get back, the bosses take his headliner Candy Cane under their wing to develop her career in Vegas. A mysterious government man named Maxwell expresses his displeasure to Ruby over his Cuban activities. Slowly all the pieces of a massive conspiracy begin to emerge to Ruby, who can do nothing to stop it. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caso Kennedy, uma Conspiração See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$919,286
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the actor who had portrayed Jack Ruby in Oliver Stone's movie about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which originally had only debuted in cinemas stateside about three months earlier, was Brian Doyle-Murray. See more »

Goofs

The opening scene with Candy Cane is set in 1962 but behind her on the TV is a speech by JFK. It's JFK's New Frontier speech which was delivered two years earlier at the 1960 Democratic National Convention. See more »

Quotes

Sheryl Ann DuJean: [to Ruby] I'm Candy Cane, fresh out of nowhere. An hour ago you billed me as Las Vegas hot sauce. Tomorrow you headline me as a virgin schoolgirl from Carolina. I'm whatever you say.
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Soundtracks

BLUES IN THE NIGHT
Written by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen
Performed by Amy Weston and Sherilyn Fenn
Produced by Barry Goldberg
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Nothing For Nothing
3 April 2012 | by wlfgdnSee all my reviews

Whatever his role may or may not have been in the Kennedy assassination, Jack Ruby was not a good or nice man. Trying to make anything positive out of him is imbecilic to start with and the premises for this picture don't improve any on that. Danny Aiello playing Ruby as a kind person is out of touch.

There were in 1963 more than 200 million Americans so tell me what the odds are that three people who know each other closely and work together could all independently have some role in the assassination? Jack Ruby's bartender just happens to be the gunman who fires the fatal shot from the book depository window? Come on now.

Anything of intelligence is hard to find in this story and there is as much evidence to support the theory that Rootie Kazootie was the gunman as there is evidence or believability for the first concept here.

So far as film-making goes we can only grade C+. Never really makes you much take notice and when they get to what should be the climax they just rush through it with even less thought or effort.

At worst this epistle is an insult to history. The liner notes on the inexpensive VHS I found state "forces us to reconsider the 'truth' of Kennedy's death." Well, horsepoop to that, but I will reconsider wasting time on any film by John MacKenzie. If the same mysterious shadowy people held a gun to his head and forced him to film a bad script, well then let him come forward before someone has to make another bad movie so we can find that out too.


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