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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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Oliver Stone

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Oliver Stone (screenplay), Zachary Sklar (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Kirkland ... Rose Cheramie
Anthony Ramirez Anthony Ramirez ... Epileptic
Ray LePere Ray LePere ... Zapruder
Steve Reed Steve Reed ... John F. Kennedy - Double
Jodie Farber ... Jackie Kennedy - Double (as Jodi Farber)
Columbia Dubose Columbia Dubose ... Nellie Connally - Double
Randy Means Randy Means ... Gov. Connally - Double
Kevin Costner ... Jim Garrison
Jay O. Sanders ... Lou Ivon
E.J. Morris E.J. Morris ... Plaza Witness #1
Cheryl Penland Cheryl Penland ... Plaza Witness #2
Jim Gough Jim Gough ... Plaza Witness #3
Perry R. Russo Perry R. Russo ... Angry Bar Patron
Mike Longman Mike Longman ... TV Newsman #1
Edward Asner ... 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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The Story That Won't Go Away See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Oliver Stone Site

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France | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 December 1991 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,223,658, 22 December 1991

Gross USA:

$70,405,498

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,405,498
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

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Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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title card: "To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards of men." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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Narrator: January, 1961. President Dwight D. Eisenhowers's Farewell Address to the Nation.
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👍 I get mad just thinking about this movie
9 May 2019 | by junshiwildaSee all my reviews

JFK is a movie that always frustrates me. I am not frustrated because it is bad or the historical inaccuracies people point out. Rather because it's so good it always angers me how underrated this masterpiece is. This of course did receive generally good reviews with a 83% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 72 Metascore, I think this deserves more than just "generally favorable reviews". Many trash this movie which I, with all due respect, don't get why. If you haven't seen this movie I demand you to stop reading this review, get up the couch and go buy this movie right now.

As you can guess from the very "creative" title, this movie is about the investigation of the JFK assassination centering district attorney Jim Garrison played by Kevin Costner. This movie is even speaking visually a masterpiece. The editing is excellent using both black & white and color masterfully to create this sense of mystery. The performances are all excellent with the obvious ones being Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones who give unforgettable performances, and the score of course is phenomenal. But what makes this movie so wonderful is how this it is perfectly written. If there is a way to describe this movie, it is that the conspiracy gets uglier as it gets going. What I mean by that is first the film starts with a pretty simple well known hypothesis that Oswald actually did not kill Kennedy. But as the three hour runtime proceeds, the conspiracy gets as big as the involvement of LBJ and the White House. As the facts get presented you can see how the truth is uglier than what we know from the Warren commission, and how there is a bigger power preventing us from knowing the truth. At the climax of the movie, Oliver Stone challenges us, "Is the justice system we live in really practice justice?" This is a movie that we all want to ignore to avoid the most shameful truth of our justice system, but as Americans we must face this and question the system we currently have.

Overall this is a terrific movie that is very criminally overlooked. I honestly can't understand why this is not on the IMDb top 250 in a world where Hachi: A Dog's tale and a bunch of Bollywood musicals can make it in. This is a perfect example that IMDb overlook real masterpieces like this one and are just obsessed with Indian movies (Like seriously! Why is IMDb obsessed with Indian movies!). Though I don't give a lot of these, I give this one a 10/10 and a A+. It is very unfortunate the maximum rating is 10/10 in IMDb, since if there is no limitations I would rate this a 20/10.


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