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New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rose Cheramie
Anthony Ramirez ...
Epileptic
Ray LePere ...
Zapruder
Steve Reed ...
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Jackie Kennedy - Double (as Jodi Farber)
Columbia Dubose ...
Nellie Connally - Double
Randy Means ...
Gov. Connally - Double
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E.J. Morris ...
Plaza Witness #1
Cheryl Penland ...
Plaza Witness #2
Jim Gough ...
Plaza Witness #3
Perry R. Russo ...
Angry Bar Patron
Mike Longman ...
TV Newsman #1
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Storyline

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 Cole Matthews

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,223,658, 18 August 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$70,405,498

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,405,498
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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 »

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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 »

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[first lines]
title card: "To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards of men." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
President Eisenhower: ...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...
Narrator: January, 1961. President Dwight D. Eisenhowers's Farewell Address to the Nation.
President Eisenhower: ...This conjunction of an immense military establishment and arms industry ...
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Opening quote: "To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men." --Ella Wheeler Wilcox See more »

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References Rush to Judgment (1967) See more »

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Francis Blues
Written and Performed by Sidney Bechet
Courtesy of Vogue Records
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A good mystery

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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