Killing Kennedy

Synopsis: Based on Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's best seller comes this shocking thriller starring Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin. As John F. Kennedy (Lowe) rises to become U.S. president, a former Marine grows disillusioned with America. When their paths ultimately cross, the course of history is changed forever as seen in this mesmerizing film about the assassination of JFK - and its chilling aftermath.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Nelson McCormick
Production: National Geographic Entertainment
  Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min


Morning, Lee.

What's in the package?

Curtain rods.

Good morning. Hello?

And here is the President

of the United States.

And what a crowd and what a

tremendous welcome he's getting now.

We can...

And there's Jackie.

She's getting just

as big a welcome.

And the crowd is

absolutely going wild.

This is a friendly crowd

in downtown Dallas

as the President and

the first lady pass by.

There is Lyndon Johnson

and Lady Bird passing by.

Thank you, sir.

Thank you for seeing

me, Mr. Snyder.

My name is Lee Oswald, and I've come

to renounce my American citizenship.

Why would you do that?

I'm a Marxist.

You're a Marine, for God's sakes.

Marines don't defect.

I've seen enough of

democratic society,

of capitalistic society.

My mother worked her whole life

making profits for capitalists.

They push you down and they

never appreciate who you are.

Have a seat.

How old are you?

Twenty. 20 years and 13 days.

You're young, you're confused,

you're hurt, you're angry.

This is not an emotional decision.

I have studied Marx.

You don't even know

what life is like here.

In six months you're

gonna regret what...

I've told the Soviets

that I know things.

I had a very

high-security clearance.

I was a radar technician for

the United States government.

I am valuable.

You'd be a traitor. I believe

that what I'm doing is right.

And now the Soviets will see that

I'm serious. This will show them.

Mr. Oswald, when something like

this is done, it can't be undone.

No one ever listens to me.

Nobody believes me.

Now, I've made my decision,

and I'm through.

Well, if you're serious, you take

a few days and you come back.

A reporter, a young woman,

very attractive, asked me,

"Senator Kennedy, how did you

get to become a war hero?"

And I told her that it

was completely involuntary.

They sunk my boat.

They're ready for you, Jack.

This was supposed to be Joe.

He was the oldest.

Father always thought

it would be Joe.

And he was shot down,

and we were all,


Cut into the way things

were supposed to go.

Never supposed to be me,

but it is.

It was always supposed to be you.

Are you ready?

I am today announcing

my candidacy

for the presidency

of the United States.

The very first returns are now

beginning to pour in substantially,

and those in just a moment.

So first of all, let us

go to our summary board.

Bobby's got Lyndon

on the phone for you.

How's it going in there, Kenny?

It's close.

We knew it would be.

It's gonna come down to

Illinois, Texas and California.

Well, we're gonna need Texas.

How is he? Is he jolly?

It's Lyndon.

Hello, Lyndon.

I see we're winning in Pennsylvania,

but what the hell

happened to you in Ohio?

Well, how's it going

down there?

Well, I'm happy to tell you,

Texas is gonna be close,

but safe.

Well, all right. Thank you.

Thank you very much.

Swear to God, Jack.

Swear to God.

If that's all it takes

to make you president

is to make that son of a bitch Lyndon

Johnson vice president, then so be it.

It's the best deal

we ever made.

Gradually throughout the

night, he's widened that lead.

He's about a half million

ahead right now.

In Connecticut, Kennedy

took that state by 9:00.

He rode up a very, very big...

Jack, look at that!

You've won Connecticut.

You're president now.

No, no, no.

But look at the lead you've got!

Well, yeah, sure,

in the Northeast,

but we need to wait till the

Midwest and then the West.

It's gonna be a long night.

Well, tell me in the morning

who wins, Mr. President.

Don't say that!

So, my fellow Americans,

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Kelly Masterson

Kelly Masterson is an American screenwriter, playwright and writer who lives in New York. He wrote the screenplay for the film Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, for which he is perhaps best known. Before moving to New York to stage several of his early plays, he studied Theology at the University of California, Davis.He tried to get the script for Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, made seven years before director Sidney Lumet agreed to direct it. In describing his script he has said: "I don't know. It was winter, and I was depressed I guess when I was writing it. I'm fascinated by the folly of human nature. I love characters who we understand and sympathize with, but we just shake our heads at how stupidly they act. This probably comes from my theology background but I love the big themes of good and evil and how we're such a combination of both. We try to chart a path that's on the side of good, but we all have evil impulses in us."Subsequent to his success with Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, he has worked in several media including stage plays, film and television. Masterson's play Edith. about Woodrow and Edith Wilson premiered at the Berkshire Theater Festival in 2012. He also collaborated with Korean director Bong Joon-ho on the critically acclaimed Snowpiercer, an English-language production that received a North American release in 2014. Masterson wrote the teleplay for the television movie, Killing Kennedy, which aired in November 2013 on the National Geographic Channel. more…

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