Synopsis: This acclaimed Oliver Stone drama presents the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy led by New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner). When Garrison begins to doubt conventional thinking on the murder, he faces government resistance, and, after the killing of suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman), he closes the case. Later, however, Garrison reopens the investigation, finding evidence of an extensive conspiracy behind Kennedy's death.
Production: Warner Bros.
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 27 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
189 min


Credits run in counterpoint through a 7 to 10 minute sequence

of documentary images setting the tone of John F. Kennedy's

Presidency and the atmosphere of those tense times, 1960

through 1963. An omniscient narrator's voice marches us

through in old time Pathe' newsreel fashion.


January, 1961 - President Dwight D.

Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the

Nation -



The conjunction of an immense military

establishment and a large arms

industry is new in the American

experience. The total influence -

economic, political, even spiritual -

is felt in every city, every

statehouse, every office of the

Federal Government... In the councils

of government we must guard against

the acquisition of unwarranted

influence, whether sought or unsought,

by the military industrial complex.

The potential for the disastrous

rise of misplaced power exists and

will persist... We must never let

the weight of this combination

endanger our liberties or democratic

processes. We should take nothing

for granted...


School kids reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. WPA films of

farmers harvesting the Texas plains. Rain, thunderheads, a

dusty car coming from far away on a road moving towards

Dallas. Cowboys round up the cattle. Young marrieds in a

church. Hillsides of tract homes going up. The American

breadbasket, the West. Over this we hear Eisenhower's

address. As we move into the election campaign of 1960, we

see the TV debates, Nixon vs. Kennedy, Mayor Daley, Kennedy


Against this is juxtaposed other forces: segregation, J.

Edgar Hoover, military advisors, Castro, Marilyn Monroe,

Lumumba... three frames of the Zapruder film counter-cut...

ending with the Kennedy inauguration and the irony of Earl

Warren administering the oath as he will Kennedy's eulogy.


November, 1960 - Senator John F.

Kennedy of Massachusetts wins one of

the narrowest election victories in

American history over the Vice-

President Richard Nixon by a little

more than 100,000 votes. Rumors

abound that he stole the election in

Illinois through the Democratic

political machine of Mayor Daley...

(inauguration shots)

At his inauguration, at a time when

American males all wore hats, he let

his hair blow free in the wind.

Alongside his beautiful and elegant

wife of French origin, Jacqueline

Bouvier, J.F.K. is the symbol of the

new freedom of the 1960's, signifying

change and upheaval to the American

public, scaring many and hated

passionately by some. To win the

election and to appease their fears,

Kennedy at first takes a tough Cold

War stance.

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Oliver Stone

William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Stone came to public prominence between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s for writing and directing a series of films about the Vietnam War, in which he had participated as an infantry soldier. Many of Stone's films primarily focus on controversial American political issues during the late 20th century, and as such that they were considered contentious at the times of their releases. more…

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