Virtual JFK: Vietnam if Kennedy Had Lived

Virtual JFK: Vietnam if Kennedy Had Lived

Director: Koji Masutani

Cast: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson

     
 

The date of November 22, 1963, will forever be engraved in the hearts and minds of all Americans, but the events of that horrible day speak to a broader underlying question in light of the controversy to follow: had he lived and been reelected in 1964, how would John F. Kennedy have handled foreign policy in Vietnam? Americans will never have a definitive answer, of… See more details below

Overview

The date of November 22, 1963, will forever be engraved in the hearts and minds of all Americans, but the events of that horrible day speak to a broader underlying question in light of the controversy to follow: had he lived and been reelected in 1964, how would John F. Kennedy have handled foreign policy in Vietnam? Americans will never have a definitive answer, of course, but in the documentary Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived, director Koji Masutani re-introduces this question and explores potential outcomes in light of counterfactuals, what-ifs, and proposed scenarios. Masutani draws heavily from the events that did transpire in Kennedy's presidency to hone in on a pattern of decision-making evident throughout his career, via his responses to such events as East Berlin and the Cuban Missile Crisis, and uses this to make predictions about Kennedy's response to Vietnam. On many levels, Masutani directed this film as a very deliberate choice at the time of the American Iraqi War (on the eve of the 2008 presidential election) to demonstrate that a nation's commander in chief will dramatically influence the direction and general well-being of a country's future.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/2009
UPC:
0767685164969
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Video Group
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:20:00
Sales rank:
77,724

Special Features

Lyndon Johnson's statements on Vietnam; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John F. Kennedy Actor
Lyndon B. Johnson Actor
James G. Blight Participant

Technical Credits
Koji Masutani Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Peter O. Almond Producer
James G. Blight Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Ellen V. Darling Production Designer
Katherine Farrell Production Designer
Edward Huff Cinematographer
Joshua Kern Score Composer
Janet M. Lang Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Paszt Co-producer
David A. Welch Producer,Screenwriter
Ellen Carney White Production Designer
Curt Worden Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived
1. Opening Titles [6:30]
2. The Cold War [3:20]
3. Kennedy's Habit [1:29]
4. Bay of Pigs Crisis I [5:03]
5. Bay of Pigs Crisis II [4:56]
6. Laos Crisis [4:58]
7. Berlin Crisis [7:01]
8. Showdown Over Vietnam [6:57]
9. Cuban Missile Crisis I [6:03]
10. Cuban Missile Crisis II [4:46]
11. The Withdrawal [3:39]
12. Kennedy's Assassination [3:59]
13. Vietnam War [4:26]
14. Enter Lyndon Johnson [2:19]
15. Enter Hubert Humphrey [3:33]
16. Johnson on Humphrey [1:14]
17. Framing Vietnam [4:44]
18. Epilogue and Credits [4:40]

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