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JFK: The Smoking Gun (2013)

Australian detective Colin McLaren investigates the JFK assassination using ballistics expert Howard Donahue's evidence of a second shooter in Dealey Plaza.


Malcolm Mcdonald


Steve Lucas
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Credited cast:
Alex Ivanovici ... Himself - Narrator
Howard Donahue Howard Donahue ... Himself - Ballistics Expert (archive footage)
Colin McLaren ... Himself - Veteran Detective
Colleen Lorenzen Colleen Lorenzen ... Herself - Daughter of Howard Donahue
Bonar Menninger Bonar Menninger ... Himself - Journalist & Author
John Connally ... Himself - Governor, Texas (archive footage)
Ralph Yarborough Ralph Yarborough ... Himself - Senator, Tecas (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wyatt Bowen ... Jerrol Custer
Anne-Sophie Bozon Anne-Sophie Bozon ... Nurse #1
Shawn Campbell Shawn Campbell ... Agent James Sibert
Larry Day ... Senator Ralph Yarborough
Peter Michael Dillon ... Earl Brown
Tod Fennell ... Hugh Betzner
Raphael Grosz-Harvey ... Floyd Reibe
Stephanie Halin Stephanie Halin ... Jean Hill


Seventy-five percent of the American people still refuse to believe the official story of President John F. Kennedy's death. They do not think he was killed by a lone gunman but by a mysterious cabal that somehow conspired to have him killed. How can this be? How can a crime this famous, witnessed and investigated by so many, remain a mystery? This is what veteran Australian police detective Colin McLaren is determined to find out. JFK: The Smoking Gun follows the forensic cold-case investigation McLaren conducted over four painstaking years, taking us back to that tragic day in Dallas at Dealey Plaza where the shooting took place, to Parkland Hospital where the president was pronounced dead, to the Bethesda Naval Hospital where the autopsy was conducted and to the conclusions of the Warren Commission that have remained controversial to this day. Driven by a seasoned police detective who, thanks to modern technology, finally had access to all the facts and to witness testimony, the ... Written by Betty Palik

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16 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Джон Кеннеди: Пороховой дым See more »

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Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Most, if not all, of the dramatization supporting cast have also been the supporting cast in "I'm Not There.", "Warm Bodies", "The Bone Collector", and "White House Down". This is because all of these films were shot in Canada. See more »


Trevor Hayes, who plays Agent George Hickey, is seen writing his statement with his left hand. He is later seen carrying the AR-15 with his right hand. See more »

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An excellent documentary !
27 November 2013 | by francoislanoue89See all my reviews

At first i thought, here we go again with another story of why Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK. But this documentary is well put together with facts & testimonies of the Warren commission. Colin Mclaren spent four years analyzing and studying these facts. And as a former detective, he looked at the facts and evidence in a non biased way. Howard Donohue's report of his ballistics analysis is very telling about a cover-up by the Secret Service by destroying documents that would implicate one of their own. The fatal shot came from behind from the ballistic expert, and probably was accidental, or may be worst, intentional by SS in the confusion of the moment.

Was it a conspiracy against JFK by SS , or the MOB wanting him dead with LHO being the shooter? We will probably never know but, you can't argue with forensics and ballistics specialists which prove that the third shot came from behind, with a hollow point round bullet like an AR-15 which the Secret Service had in their possession.

To bad it took many years for Donohue's report to come out, by that time people had already made up there minds about the shooting. I'm surprised that other ballistics experts have not come forward to support his claim.

There are two things that still bother me thought:

1- Mclaren says that the first shot missed and hit the pavement. So why not investigate the bullet shot, to see if there is a mark of the bullet that hit the pavement ?

2- When you watch the Zapruder film, you can clearly hear the first gunshots came from afar in the background, but the deadly shot to JFK's head, you can hear a much louder gunshot which mean it must have come from the agent's car from the back. I'm sure that a ballistic sound expert would agree.

Nonetheless, I recommend this documentary very highly for his accurate recount of that tragedy. M. Mclaren's findings are very well presented. His theory of the shooting merits consideration and it unveils hidden facts from the public. To this day it still divides a country about what happened. The truth is there, if we want to see it.

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