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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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Nelson McCormick

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Kelly Masterson, Bill O'Reilly (based on the book by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Admiral Burke (as Roger Durrett)
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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 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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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

10 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Kennedy gyilkosság See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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When Michelle Trachtenberg signed on to play Marina Oswald, her script dialogue was mostly in Russian with some English later added. Her Russian-born mother acted as her translator in helping to break down her entire script both phonetically and vernacularly. See more »

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In the Oval Office and Cabinet Room scenes, a State Department flag appears instead of a Presidential Flag. See more »

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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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Referenced in Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe (2016) See more »

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Incredibly dull
10 January 2014 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

KILLING KENNEDY, a TV movie adaptation of a book that claims to expose the truth about Lee Harvey Oswald being the sole assassin behind the JFK murder, has to be one of the dullest movies I've ever witnessed. It comes on the back of Oliver Stone's epic-feeling JFK and the recent, excellent TV miniseries THE KENNEDYS, so what more could there possibly be to say?

The answer is, not a whole lot. The idea behind KILLING KENNEDY is to present a dual narrative, one from the point of view of JFK in the years leading up to his death, the other to chronicle Oswald's life from when he first arrives in America. Unfortunately, neither plot strand is interesting, and it doesn't help that there's an insipid, TV-movie feel to the whole thing. It feels staid and safe, never dangerous, despite the natural drama of the history.

Rob Lowe makes for a passable Kennedy, although he's no Greg Kinnear, just as Jack Noseworthy is no Barry Pepper. His story has been done to death and nothing new is brought to the table here. Will Rothhaar's Oswald is a little more interesting, but the drama in his life still feels subdued for some reason. Michelle Trachtenberg is unrecognisable from her early days and makes a good stab of playing Oswald's Russian wife. In the end, though, this is a film that treads water throughout, totally ignores any of the conspiracy theories behind the assassination, and ends up being incredibly dull as a result.


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