OLIVER STONE has won Oscars for directing “Born On The Fourth Of July” and “Platoon”, and for writing “Midnight Express”. He was nominated for director (JFK) and co-writer (Nixon). He’s also received three Golden Globes for directing (“Platoon”, “Born On The Fourth Of July” and “JFK”), one for writing (“Midnight Express”). He is director for the forthcoming Showtime 10-hour series “Forgotten History of the United States.”
JFK: The Book of the Filmby Oliver Stone, Zachary Sklar
(Applause Books). A documented screenplay of the Oliver Stone film, complete with historical annotation, with 340 research notes and 97 reactions and commentaries by Norman Mailer, Tom Wicker, Gerald R. Ford, and many others. "It's a lesson in craft to watch JFK on video while reading along, charting what got cut, softened, and rethought." Entertainment Weekly
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Oliver Stone scores in this screenplay about the assassination of JFK. Both the book and the movie are great.
If anyone would visit Dallas, Texas and the location where JFK was shot, you realize just how much disinformation has been written on this subject, especially this screen play. I found the entire screen play just a fantasy of paranoid exploitation by a profiteer claiming to sell the truth! For example, the grassy knoll is less than 30 feet from the road way, with an easy 10 second slow jog, up a knoll about 3 feet high from the road way, to the fence on the Grassy Knoll. If shots came from there it was easy for any policeman to run to that area, let alone see anyone trying to shoot from such an open area. Even a quick getaway is not as easy as this screen play makes it out to be, since you can preview the entire parking lot for over 100 yards. Also, the distance from the sixth floor to the road is far closer by observation that anyone can imagine, except for Oliver Stone. These easy observable locations makes the Warren Report much more accurate than this screen play. Also, the people who benefited by JFK's death was the Democratic Party and its leadership not any right wing Republican radicals? Johnson won overwhelmingly and the Democrats took even a stronger positions in the House and Senate. Moreover, to support such a screen play based upon the past reliability of the author in biographies that are suppose to be real stories about real people is another reason to doubt its integrity. Again, another example I can cite here is 'On The Fourth Of July' where Ron Kovic was beaten and thrown out of the 1968 Democratic Convention, not the Republican Convention. What few know is that Oliver Stone was a delegate to the Democratic Convention but this fact permits him to change facts in this film based on poetic license. So be it, but such behavior cannot be construed for the truth by a truth teller. The same for this screen play, it is a great work of intentional fiction meant to poison the minds of the reader to reasonable, objective and available facts, and does it very well indeed, If the public prefers to remain blind, so be it! Some will say these are stupid stories for stupid people, others will say it is a great tale but please remember it is just entertainment. Well, this screen play is a very entertaining story but please don't call it a book of facts, truth and accuracy. It is a very good fable as well as the film.