JFK

JFK

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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 conclusions his commission drew, the… See more details below

Overview

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 bruited 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 has 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 recreate 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 Baines 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).

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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.
All Movie Guide
Despite criticism from historians and conspiracy buffs alike, Oliver Stone's docudrama JFK provides its audience with a highly controversial and thought-provoking depiction of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the assassination of America's 35th president. Centered around New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison's (Kevin Costner) personal investigation into the links between businessman Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones) and presumed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman), JFK is as much a director's crusade as it is a landmark in raising public consciousness. After JFK's unprecedented box-office success and eight subsequent Oscar nominations, the United States government felt enough pressure to unseal the secret files related to the assassination -- a first in Hollywood/federal government relations. The problem is that Stone neglected factual consistency in the name of making a point. Many of Garrison's statements and various aspects of the conspiracy as presented in JFK are entirely false or based on precarious speculation. JFK is a double-edged sword for Stone, who was simultaneously rewarded and punished within the Hollywood system for tackling such a sensitive subject. However, with regard to the unarguably imaginative editing, JFK remains a spectacular achievement in film. Often lost amongst criticism is the existence of as many frighteningly irrefutable facts as creative liberties. This, combined with an all-star cast, beautiful cinematography, and disturbing archival footage, makes JFK a must-see for anyone interested in John F. Kennedy and the underbelly of the American government.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/16/2001
UPC:
0085391853435
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video

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
Gary Grubbs Al Oser
Jack Lemmon Jack Martin
Walter Matthau Sen. Russell Long
Ed Asner Guy Bannister
John Candy Dean Andrews
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
Lolita Davidovich Beverly Oliver
Tom Howard L.B.J.
Ray LePere Abraham Zapruder
Steve F. Price 1st Pathologist
Anthony Ramirez Epileptic
Steve Reed John F. Kennedy - Double
Jodie Farber Jackie Kennedy - Double
Columbia DuBose Nellie Connally - Double
Randy Means Gov. Connally - Double
Perry R. Russo Angry Bar Patron
Pat Perkins Mattie
Wayne Knight Numa Bertel
John Galt Lyndon B. Johnson
Ron Jackson FBI Spokesman
Sean Stone Jasper Garrison
Amy Long Virginia Garrison
Scott Krueger Snapper Garrison
Allison Pratt Davis Elizabeth Garrison
Pruitt Taylor Vince Lee Bowers
Red Mitchell Sgt. Harkness
Ronald Von Klaussen Hobo #1
John Davies Hobo #2
Michael Ozag Hobo #3
Raul Aranas Angelo
Willem Oltmans George DeMohrenschildt
Gail Cronauer Janet Williams
Gary Carter Bill Williams
Roxie M. Frnka Earlene Roberts
Zeke Mills J.C. Price
James Harrell Sam Holland
Ray Redd Dodd
Ellen McElduff Jean Hill
Sally Nystuen Mary Moorman
Jo Anderson Julia Ann Mercer
Edwin Neal Mercer Interrogator
T.J. Kennedy Hill Interrogator
Carolina McCullough Stripper
J.J. Johnston Mobster with Broussard
Linda Flores Wade Syvia Odio
William Larsen Will Fritz
Eric A. Vicini French Reporter
Michael Gurievsky Russian Reporter
Caroline Crosthwaite-Eyre British Reporter
Helen Miller Garrison Receptionist
Harold G. Herthum Coroner
Norman Davis Colonel Reich
Errol McLendon Man with Umbrella
John Seitz General Lemnitzer
Odin K. Langford Officer Habighorst
Nathan Scott John Chancler
Jorge Fernandez Miguel Torres
Roy Barnitt Irvin F Dymond
Alvin Spicuzza Bailiff
Michael Skipper James Teague
Chris Robinson Dr. Humes
Chris Renna Bethesda Doctor
Merlyn Sexton Admiral Kenney
Wayne Tippet FBI Agent Frank
Frank Whaley Fake Oswald (uncredited)
Dalton Dearborn Army General
Mykel Chaves Sandra Styles
Dale Dye General Y.
Carol Farabee Carolyn Arnold
Bill Bolender Prisoner Powell
Price Carson Tippet
Walter Breaux Vernon Bundy
I.D. Brickman Dr. Peters
Bill Pickle Marion Baker
Joseph Nadell Dr. McClelland
Willie Minor Bonnie Ray Williams
Christopher Otto Assistant DA
Ted Pennebaker Arnold Rowland
David Gilbert Voice Only
John Finnegan Judge Haggerty
Christopher Kosiciuk FBI Agent at Autopsy
Larry Melton Patrolman Joe Smith
Peter Maloney Colonel Finck

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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