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Killing Kennedy (2013)

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Based on Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's best seller comes this shocking thriller starring Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin. As John F. Kennedy (Lowe) rises to become U.S. president, a ... See full summary »


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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... John F. Kennedy
Will Rothhaar ... Lee Harvey Oswald
Jack Noseworthy ... Bobby Kennedy
Casey Siemaszko ... Jack Ruby
Boris McGiver ... FBI Agent
Richard Flood ... Kenny O'Donnell
Francis Guinan ... Lyndon Johnson
Mary Pat Gleason ... Marguerite Oswald
Jamie McShane ... Richard Snyder
Brian Hutchison ... Winston Lawson
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Marina Oswald
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Jacqueline Kennedy
Peter Rini ... Agent Mooney
Antoinette LaVecchia ... Lady Bird Johnson
Roger W. Durrett Roger W. Durrett ... Admiral Burke (as Roger Durrett)


Based on Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's best seller comes this shocking thriller starring Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin. As John F. Kennedy (Lowe) rises to become U.S. president, a former Marine grows disillusioned with America. When their paths ultimately cross, the course of history is changed forever as seen in this mesmerizing film about the assassination of JFK - and its chilling aftermath. Written by Anonymous

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Boris Mcgiver and Casey Siemaszko were both on the TV show White Collar. Boris Mcgiver played FBI section chief Bruce Hawes and Casey Siemaszko played a P.I. that was tailing a suspect the main characters were investigating. See more »


The Presidential Standard is not used in the film, except on SS-100X, the Presidential limousine. In its place is a flag that looks similar to the flag of the Secretary of State. See more »


John F. Kennedy: There are men dying on those beaches, right now. I'm suppose to be the most powerful man in the world and I... I'm impotent. Well, I'll tell you what, this is the last time anyone's gonna make a decision like that for me.
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Featured in 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014) See more »

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Mostly Superficial
16 November 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

This is Bill O'Reilly's take on the assassination of President Kennedy. Maybe there's a greater depth in the book, but the movie is a fairly superficial examination of Kennedy (Rob Lowe) and Lee Harvey Oswalt (Will Rothhaar). Two TV hours with all the commercials is just not enough to do a deep look into two big characters like Kennedy and Oswalt.

There isn't much new here for Kennedy. It's a well traveled path. Of course Bill puts in all the hot button topics about the womanizing and the drug injections. Rob Lowe does little more than mimicry. Ginnifer Goodwin doesn't have the regal stature of Mrs Kennedy. Any number of other movies make a more compelling portrait. For example, the Cuban missile crisis was done better in Thirteen Days (2000).

My hope was for the Oswalt half. They could give him a depth that isn't out there in any movie. But I think Will Rothhaar does a relatively bland job. Michelle Trachtenberg does a much better job. Her role in the family is absolutely fascinating. The movie really needed to concentrate more on the Oswalts and sideline the Kennedys.

The technicals are relatively good for a TV movie. The style is still unimaginative. For the budget, we can't expect much more. It certainly doesn't have the tension or the suspense. We get nothing but the simplified highlights.

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10 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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