The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.
On November 22, 1963, president John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested for the crime and subsequently shot by Jack Ruby, supposedly avenging the president's death. An investigation concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby acted alone in their respective crimes, but Louisiana district attorney Jim Garrison is skeptical. Assembling a trusted group of people, Garrison conducts his own investigation, bringing about backlash from powerful government and political figures. Written by
Oliver Stone enjoyed filming at the Angola prison so much, that he has expressed a desire to shoot a film set entirely on location there. See more »
Just before Garrison leaves for the Easter Sunday questioning of Clay Shaw, there is a news report heard on TV saying that Vietnam troop levels have reached 500,000. Troop levels in Vietnam did not reach this level until 1968, over a year later. See more »
"To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards of men." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
...We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. And to do this three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishement. We annually spend on military security alone...
January, 1961. President Dwight D. Eisenhowers's Farewell Address to the Nation.
...This conjunction of an immense military establishment and arms industry ...
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Whether you agree with Jim Garrison's conspiracy theory or not, Stone's film
is an effective mystery.
The pieces of the puzzle are put together with great skill so that the
viewer is kept involved despite the length of the film. The John Williams
score helps to build the atmosphere of intrigue and confusion. Costner is
rather bland, as usual, but that works well here since he is surrounded by
such an interesting group of colorful characters.
This is definitely a good mystery -- and a frightening one if even part of
the conspiracy theory has validity.
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