JFK: Director's Cut

JFK: Director's Cut

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Director: Oliver Stone

Cast: Kevin Costner, Sissy Spacek, Joe Pesci


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The November 22, 1963, assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy shocked the nation and the world. The brisk investigation of that murder conducted under the guidance of Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren distressed many observers, even though subsequent careful investigations have been unable to find much fault with the…  See more details below


The November 22, 1963, assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy shocked the nation and the world. The brisk investigation of that murder conducted under the guidance of Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren distressed many observers, even though subsequent careful investigations have been unable to find much fault with the conclusions his commission drew, the central one of which was that the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, acted alone. Instead of satisfying the public, one result of the Warren Commission Report was that an unimaginable number of plausible conspiracy theories were bandied about, and these have supported a sizeable publishing mini-industry ever since. In making this movie, director Oliver Stone had his pick of supposed or real investigative flaws to draw from and constructed what some reviewers felt was one of the most compelling (and controversial) political detective thrillers ever to emerge from American cinema. Long before filming was completed, Stone was fending off heated accusations of artistic and historical irresponsibility, and these only intensified after the film was released. In the story, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) is convinced that there are some big flaws in the investigation of Oswald (Gary Oldman), and he sets out to re-create the events leading up to the assassination. Along the way, he stumbles across evidence that a great many people had reason to want to see the president killed, and he is convinced that some of them worked in concert to frame Oswald as the killer. Among the suspects are Lyndon B. Johnson (the next president), the CIA, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Mafia. Over the course of gathering what he believes to be evidence of a conspiracy, Garrison unveils some of the grittier aspects of New Orleans society, focusing on the shady activities of local businessman Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones). Garrison's investigations culminate in his conducting a show trial that he knows he will lose and which he is sure will ruin his career in order to get his evidence into the public record where it can't be buried again. This movie won two of the many Academy Awards for which it was nominated: one for Best Photography (Robert Richardson) and the other for Editing (Joe Hutshing). Re-released into theaters in November of 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination, the Director's Cut of Stone's seminal historical drama features 17 additional minutes previously culled from the film's original, 1991 theatrical release.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Few films in recent decades have inspired as much controversy as Oliver Stone's provocative 1991 drama concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the whirlwind investigations that followed it. Stone, whose obvious infatuation with Kennedy borders on blind hero-worship, makes real-life New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (played by Kevin Costner) the focal point of his three-hour epic. Garrison's conviction that Kennedy's murder was the product of a sinister government conspiracy became an obsession that eventually dominated his every waking hour, sullied his reputation, alienated his family and, finally, made him an object of ridicule. To Stone's uncritical eyes, however, he's a true-blue American hero, and the film reflects that bias. Crammed with historical detail -- some of it of dubious accuracy -- and peopled with such outstanding talents as Sissy Spacek (playing Garrison's long-suffering wife), Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon, Donald Sutherland, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, and Ed Asner, JFK crackles with energy and, despite its excessive length, never becomes boring. Is it the fever dream of an unreconstructed conspiracy theorist or a chillingly accurate portrayal of events the American people willingly swept under the national carpet? That's up to you to decide. Stone makes his case in a running commentary for the DVD, which also includes previously deleted scenes that added another 15 minutes to the film's running time.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Commentary by Oliver Stone

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Costner Jim Garrison
Sissy Spacek Liz Garrison
Joe Pesci David Ferrie
Tommy Lee Jones Clay Shaw
Gary Oldman Lee Harvey Oswald
Michael Rooker Bill Broussard
Jay O. Sanders Lou Ivon
Laurie Metcalf Suzie Cox
Donald Sutherland X
John Candy Dean Andrews
Gary Grubbs Al Oser
Jack Lemmon Jack Martin
Walter Matthau Sen. Russell Long
Ed Asner Guy Bannister
Kevin Bacon Willie O'Keefe
Brian Doyle-Murray Jack Ruby
Sally Kirkland Rose Cheramie
Beata Pozniak Marina Oswald
Vincent D'Onofrio Bill Newman
Tony Plana Carlos Bringuier
Tomas Milian Leopoldo
Jim Garrison Earl Warren
Henri Alciatore Maitre d'
Jo Anderson Julia Ann Mercer
Raul Aranas Angelo
Roy Barnitt Irvin F Dymond
Loys T. Bergeron Jury Foreman
Bill Bolender Prisoner Powell
Melodee Bowman FBI Receptionist
Nathan Scott John Chancler
Walter Breaux Vernon Bundy
I.D. Brickman Dr. Peters
Tom Bullock 2nd Pathologist
Price Carson Tippet
Gary Carter Bill Williams
Barry Chambers Man at Firing Range
Mykel Chaves Sandra Styles
Darryl Cox 2nd FBI Agent with Hill
Gail Cronauer Janet Williams
Caroline Crosthwaite-Eyre British Reporter
Lolita Davidovich Actor
John Davies Hobo #2
Ted Pennebaker Arnold Rowland
Allison Pratt Davis Elizabeth Garrison
Norman Davis Colonel Reich
Dalton Dearborn Army General
Jerry Douglas Board Room Man
Linda Flores Wade Syvia Odio
Columbia DuBose Nellie Connally - Double
Dale Dye General Y.
Bruce R. Elliott Bolton Ford Dealer
Carol Farabee Carolyn Arnold
Jodie Farber Jackie Kennedy - Double
Jorge Fernandez Miguel Torres
John Finnegan Judge Haggerty
Roxie M. Frnka Earlene Roberts
John Galt Lyndon B. Johnson
Risa Bramon Garcia Actor
Bruce Gelb Board Room Man
Chris Robinson Dr. Humes
Alec Gifford 2nd TV Newsman
David Gilbert Voice Only
Gil Glasgow Tippet Shooter
Jim Gough 3rd Plaza Witness
Pruitt Taylor Vince Lee Bowers
Duane Grey Board Room Man
Willem Oltmans George DeMohrenschildt
Bob Gunton TV Newsman #3
Michael Gurievsky Russian Reporter
Marco Perella Mercer Interrogator
Kristina Hare Reporter
James Harrell Sam Holland
Baxter Harris White House Man
Steve Reed John F. Kennedy - Double
Harold G. Herthum Coroner
Billy Hopkins Actor
Tom Howard L.B.J.
Ron Jackson FBI Spokesman
J.J. Johnston Mobster with Broussard
T.J. Kennedy Hill Interrogator
Wayne Knight Numa Bertel
Christopher Kosiciuk FBI Agent at Autopsy
Scott Krueger Snapper Garrison
Odin K. Langford Officer Habighorst
William Larsen Will Fritz
Ray LePere Abraham Zapruder
Spain Logue 1st FBI Agent with Hill
Sean Stone Jasper Garrison
Amy Long Virginia Garrison
Mike Longman 1st Newsman
Ray Redd Dodd
Ryan MacDonald Board Room Man
Merlyn Sexton Admiral Kenney
Peter Maloney Colonel Finck
John C. Martin Prison Guard
Pat Perkins Mattie
Carolina McCullough Stripper
John Seitz General Lemnitzer
Ellen McElduff Jean Hill
Errol McLendon Man with Umbrella
Michael Skipper James Teague
Randy Means Gov. Connally - Double
Larry Melton Patrolman Joe Smith
Helen Miller Garrison Receptionist
Bill Pickle Marion Baker
Zeke Mills J.C. Price
Willie Minor Bonnie Ray Williams
Red Mitchell Sgt. Harkness
E.J. Morris 1st Plaza Witness
Frank Whaley Fake Oswald (uncredited)
Joseph Nadell Dr. McClelland
Edwin Neal Mercer Interrogator
Sally Nystuen Mary Moorman
Ruary O'Connell 3rd Pathologist
Brittney Powell Actor
Ronald Von Klaussen Hobo #1
Bob Orwig Officer Poe
Christopher Otto Assistant DA
Michael Ozag Hobo #3
Cheryl Penland 2nd Plaza Witness
Steve F. Price 1st Pathologist
Anthony Ramirez Epileptic
John Reneau A Team Shooter
Chris Renna Bethesda Doctor
George R. Robertson White House Man
Alex Rodine White House Man
Perry R. Russo Angry Bar Patron
Richard Rutowski Fence Shooter
Alvin Spicuzza Bailiff
Sam Stoneburner White House Man
Wayne Tippet FBI Agent Frank
Eric A. Vicini French Reporter
Stanley White B Team Shooter

Technical Credits
Oliver Stone Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Craig Berkeley Makeup
Hank Corwin Editor
Bill Daly Sound Mixer
Risa Bramon Garcia Casting
Derek R. Hill Art Director
A. Kitman Ho Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Joe Hutshing Editor
Victor Kempster Production Designer
Heidi Levitt Casting
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Joseph P. Reidy Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Robert Richardson Cinematographer
Crispian Sallis Set Decoration/Design
Pietro Scalia Editor
Zachary Sklar Screenwriter
Marlene Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Tomkins Art Director
Clayton Townsend Co-producer,Production Manager
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- JFK
1. Farewell Address [1:29]
2. Kennedy's Challenge [2:46]
3. Cheramie's Warning [:57]
4. November 22, 1963 [2:04]
5. Garrison Bears News [2:12]
6. Bannister's Toast [1:51]
7. Oswald Arrested [:45]
8. Martin Beaten [1:57]
9. New Orleans Connection [2:05]
10. Death Strikes Again [2:21]
11. Questioning Ferrie [4:24]
12. Warren Engaged [1:07]
13. Fall 1966: Sen. Long [2:04]
14. Out of Jim's Domain [2:17]
15. Bower's Testimony [3:21]
16. "Do I Have To Spell It...?" [1:39]
17. Walking Tour [4:35]
18. Operation Mongoose [3:50]
19. *Oswald and Clay [2:06]
20. Andrews on Big Enchilada [3:05]
21. O'Keefe on Conspirators [2:57]
22. Anti-Castro, Anti-Kennedy [2:31]
23. "People Got To Know Why" [1:54]
24. Restaurant Recap [2:34]
25. A Picture of Oswald [2:36]
26. *Back from USSR; DeMohrenschildt [2:40]
27. The Oswalds at Odds [2:02]
28. Through Looking Glass [1:31]
29. Dealey Plaza Witnesses [3:01]
30. Altered Statements [1:56]
31. The Carousel Club [2:01]
32. No Safe Place [1:46]
33. Book Depository [3:02]
34. *Motorcade Route [1:34]
35. Identity of Clay Bertrand [1:07]
36. *More Than One Oswald [4:36]
37. Easter w/Clay Shaw [2:40]
38. Dining at Shaw's [1:53]
39. Costumed Revels [2:08]
40. Walking Raindrops [2:32]
41. Caring More About JFK [1:17]
42. "Headlines [1:57]
43. Ferrie Calls Ivon [1:08]
44. Death Warrant [4:29]
45. Bugged [2:13]
46. Sudden Death [3:22]
47. Broussard Warned [1:02]
48. "Just Call Me X" [1:23]
49. X' Reassignment [2:33]
50. "Nothing Was Left To..." [3:00]
51. Surrounded by Enemy [5:46]
52. "Kings Are Killed;" at JFK's Grave [4:44]
53. "Let Justice Be Done..." [2:07]
54. Network TV Special [2:08]
55. April 4, 1968 [4:26]
56. Truth's a Scary Thing [1:01]
57. Obstacles [1:05]
58. *Duo in Clinton [1:02]
59. Notes Destroyed [1:39]
60. The Foot Soldier [3:02]
61. Broussard Walks Out [3:21]
62. *Jerry Johnson Show [3:07]
63. *Restroom Incident [2:20]
64. *"Bills Turned;" First Blow [2:53]
65. June 6, 1968 [3:06]
66. *The Trial Begins [2:48]
67. A Ruling Favors Shaw [1:45]
68. The Zapruder Film [2:15]
69. Magic Bullet Theory [2:44]
70. Key Witnesses [1:10]
71. The Autopsies [3:43]
72. Disappearances [1:01]
73. Speculation about Killers [2:02]
74. Shooters Hit Their Mark [2:02]
75. Amid Pandemonium [1:38]
76. Oswald's Action [3:04]
77. Shooting of Officer Tippit [1:22]
78. Oswald Captured [1:56]
79. Oswald Slain [1:31]
80. Ghost of John F. Kennedy [1:19]
81. Coup d'etat [2:16]
82. Government's Files [1:40]
83. Fight for the Truth [2:01]
84. "It's Up To You" [1:24]
85. The Verdict [:55]
86. Garrison's Resolution [1:03]
87. Coda and Dedication [1:36]
88. End Credtis [5:31]

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JFK: Director's Cut 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I applaud Oliver Stone and cannot thank him enough for having the courage to make this motion picture. He made this movie to shed light on dark secrets kept from the American people for years. The casting is superb, wonderful musical score by John Williams. But one thing really great about this director's cut is the Bonus Material CD. Do not miss this!! It will knock your socks off! Interviews with eyewitnesses who were never called to testify and great commentary by Oliver Stone himself keeps you riveted to the screen. America, this story is NOT going away. Oliver Stone just touches the tip of the iceberg, it is up to us as citizens of what is supposed to be a free democracy to uncover the real story and hold our government accountable for its actions. Mr. Stone has been criticized, maligned, and discredited for simply telling the truth and exposing our government and the Warren Report for the sham that it really is. People call Hollywood fiction? Well, they got it wrong, this time Hollywood told the truth about the fiction the government dished out to us in the 1960's. In the words of the late Jim Garrison, "Facism will come to America disguised as National Security."
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite Stone's questionable motives for some things, he compellingly sheds the holes in the Warren Commission, while attacking one of the most undesireable man that's not every been accused of being undesireable (Arlen Spector.) A great movie with some paranoid rants, typical Oliver Stone material. I think the greatest solliliquoys in fim happened at the end of part 1 with "Mr. X." In all reality, it was Fletcher Prouty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie puts another perspective on JFK's assassination. this movie is my "sick day" movie. when ever im sick, i just pop this into the DVD player and watch it. it is long, but you wont know it. its compelling and a great movie. i have loved this movie since i was in5th grade. if your child is interested in the shooting of JFk, be sure to get this. the "R" rating is just for language.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A synopsis for this movie would cause you to write a synopsis about your original synopsis. Incredibly well footaged and brought the truth telling to the Kennedy slaying back, although in extravagent. Every rational and politically astute individual would know it was a conspiracy. JFK did deals with the Chicago Mob-with Sam Giancana, a character involved in several of Castro's assassination attempts. But Bobby, the relentless crusader back stabbed Giancana and tried to indict him. Somebody had to be whacked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so boring and very long. It also proves that Oswald did it. The front side of JFK's face explodes because he is hit from behind. The exit wound was seven inches. The entrance wound from a rifle is a half an inch. Anyone who knows about rifles know this. Remember when Tom Cruise has a seven inch hole in his back in "Born of the Forth of July" when he's being carried on the soldier's back right after he got shot. So Oliver Stone knows that the exit wound is about seven inches because he directed that movie too.