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JFK (1991)

Mystery & Suspense movie directed by Oliver Stone

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  • Mar 25, 2000
Pros: acting and story line

Cons: none

I was a senior in high school when JFK was murdered. This was the first president I was going to be able to vote for and I was excited. To have been alive and old enough to realize what was going on during this tumultuous era was very eerie. There was so much turmoil and hatred you did not have a clear thought for years.

With the release of the movie JFK by Oliver Stone, this period reinforced itself on me once again. It did not matter what party you believed in, the fact of the matter is this was a horrible time. Most people that viewed this film thought it was too unbelievable to be real. I cannot imagine why they will not believe this theory when they believe the one presented by the government.

Kevin Costner and Sissy Spacek (PLEASE do not give me hell about my spelling!!) did a remarkable job. Oliver Stone did supply a lot of facts that were previously not released and made you consider his theory for at least a while. I had no trouble with the bullet theory. The bull that was handed out at the time was less believable.

This movie did not always paint JFK in a favorable light. Let's face it, he was a questionable president, but his ideals and beliefs were based on sound judgment. Unfortunately, we will never know just how the world would have evolved had he lived. The movie touched on, but did not go into a lot of detail, all of the stress and decisions faced by the president. Viet Nam, King, Bay of Pigs.

Stone touched on the fact (did I say touched?) that Kennedy opposed most powers in office during his time - mainly Hoover. He also alludes to the fact that Kennedy had Mafia ties and perhaps these ties got out of control. His theories on the impossibility of Oswald's shooting frenzy lead you to believe once again what you felt when living this experience. Every thing just seemed "too perfect", too easy.

Costner's speech on the magic bullet theory - come on, if you view everything he is saying, how could they possibly tell us it was not true? I think his speech was one of the best things of the entire movie. It drew a lot of attention to detail and really started my brain stem pumping.

If you were not alive during his history making era, this is probably is just decent but not great movie fare to you. If these scenes are a little too graphic and thought provoking, then you must have been there for the telling. I recommend this movie to everyone.


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review by . November 18, 2003
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Stone has created a masterpiece. The monologue of Donald Sutherland and the scene where Costner explains how he believes JFK was shot make this movie one of the most memorable that I have ever seen.The only problem with this film is that the viewer is not sure if everything that is presented as fact, really is fact and not the invention of Stone for dramatic affect.
review by . June 26, 2001
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The movie JFK has an un-relenting belief that the answer goes all the way up to the top, that takes gumpshion. You root for Costner from beginning to end, not because he know's who killed Kennedy, but because of the deep conviction and Gut-Feeling that he think's he know's who killed President Kennedy. That is what the history has become. Not in the books, but in our theories. Mostly fueled by the thing's we cannot see, our fear's about Kennedy's death drove into the creation process of JFK the …
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JFK is a 1991 American film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and alleged subsequent cover-up, through the eyes of former New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (played by Kevin Costner). Garrison filed charges against New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones) for his alleged participation in a conspiracy to assassinate the President, for which Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman) was found responsible by two Government investigations: the Warren Commission, and the House Select Committee on Assassinations (which concluded that there was another assassin shooting with Oswald). The film was adapted by Stone and Zachary Sklar from the books On the Trail of the Assassins by Jim Garrison and Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs. Stone described his fictionalized film as a "counter-myth" to the "fictional myth" of the Warren Commission.


ReferencesThe film became embroiled in controversy even before it was finished filming, after The Washington Post national security correspondent George Lardner showed up on the set. Based on the first draft of the screenplay, he wrote a scathing article attacking the film. Upon JFK's theatrical release, many major American newspapers ran editorials accusing Stone of taking liberties with historical facts, including the film's implication that President Lyndon B. ...
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Director: Oliver Stone
Genre: Mystery
Runtime: 189 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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