Dec 20, 1991 · 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.
- Oliver Stone
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JFK is a 1991 American political thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy and alleged cover-up through the eyes of former New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner).
Dec 26, 2008 · Movie Info This acclaimed Oliver Stone drama presents the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy led by New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner).
- drama, history
JFK (2,298) IMDb 8.0 3h 8min 1991 X-Ray R An Academy Award-winning docudrama chronicling New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison's investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Oliver Stone's new movie "JFK" has been attacked, in the weeks before its release, by those who believe Stone has backed the wrong horse in the Kennedy assassination sweepstakes - by those who believe the hero of this film, former New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison, was a loose cannon who attracted crackpot conspiracy theories the way a dog draws fleas.
JFK is a well-made work of suspense, intrigue, and drama, all based on trying to solve one of the greatest mysteries of our time. Oliver Stone has tackled such enormous issues and larger-than-life subjects before. He's adept at managing a huge cast, complicated plotting, and weighty topics. JFK is no exception.
- Renee Schonfeld
JFK (1991) Official Trailer - Kevin Costner, Oliver Stone Thriller Movie HD A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story. Welcome to the Fandango...
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A film that chronicles New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison's investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It explores all the credible assassination theories that have raised the nation's persistent questions, doubts and suspicions.
- The Prediction of Rose Cherami.
- Guy Banister Pistol-Whips Jack Martin.
- David Ferrie Becomes a Suspect.
- David Ferrie Interrogated.
- The Film's Case
- The Real Case
The film opens with a documentary montage, presenting Kennedy (very questionably) as a radical progressive who upset the establishment and therefore found himself on the road to assassination. This is mixed in with recreated fictional footage, and segues into the movie itself without distinction – making a discreet but definite claim for documentary-level accuracy. Our hero is New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison – who, in another subtle bid for trustworthiness, is played by 1991's biggest mainstream Hollywood star, Kevin Costner. There's no doubt about it: Oliver Stone wants you to believe this is the truth. Many do. Between two-thirds and three-quarters of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind John F Kennedy's murder – a belief which, pollsters Gallup noted, was sustained by this movie.
Nagged by fears that shady characters in his own district might have been involved in the president's assassination, Garrison puts together a case. He has three key witnesses. David Ferrie (Joe Pesci) is a mercenary working with anti-Castro Cuban exiles. He breaks down and confesses the entire plot to Garrison, complete with CIA and Cuban exile involvement. Immediately afterwards, he is murdered by his co-conspirators. Willie O'Keefe (Kevin Bacon) is a gay prostitute involved with the conspirators. He, too, confesses the whole plot to Garrison, exactly in line with Ferrie. Finally, Garrison goes to Washington to meet an unnamed government insider, X, played with unabashed brilliance by Donald Sutherland. In a coruscating monologue, X explains the full breadth and depth of the conspiracy, bringing in the entire military-industrial complex behind the American government.
On the strength of this evidence, the case for a conspiracy would appear overwhelming. There's just one problem: it's all wrong. David Ferrie was a real person, but always maintained his innocence. His big plot confession scene is a figment of the film-makers' imaginations. Were he alive, it would constitute a massive libel. Ferrie died of natural causes – a coroner's verdict which the real Garrison, as district attorney, would have been ideally placed to challenge, had he seen any suggestion of foul play. He did not challenge it. The movie's X is fictional, based loosely on air force colonel L Fletcher Prouty, who was not part of Garrison's investigation but did serve as a technical adviser on this movie. Prouty's credibility was demolished in a critique of JFK by investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein. The mega-conspiracy to which X alludes is drawn from a famous spoof, The Report from Iron Mountain, published in 1967 and revealed in 1972 by its author to have been a hoax. Th...
The film's stirring finale is a splendidly enacted courtroom scene, during which Garrison pulls apart the case for a lone gunman on grounds of what he calls the "magic bullet theory" – demonstrating that the bullet which the Warren Commission claims killed Kennedy and injured Texas governor John Connally performed all sorts of unlikely twists, turns and pauses in mid-air. Again, the evidence in the film seems overwhelming. Again, that's because it's just not true. Garrison's onscreen case is based on a partial selection of flawed reconstructions. One example is the film's allegation that this bullet changed direction to move upwards as it passed through Kennedy's neck. This comes from an analysis of the bullet hole in the back of his jacket. In fact, a photograph taken three seconds before the assassination shows Kennedy's jacket rucked up above his shoulders. Once you take that into account, it looks like the bullet's trajectory continued normally downwards and was consistent with...
JFK is a cleverly constructed, tightly written and sometimes breathtakingly well-acted movie – and one of the most appalling travesties of history you're ever likely to see. • Alex von Tunzelmann's Red Heat: Conspiracy, Murder and the Cold War in the Caribbean, is published now by Simon & Schuster.