in about 100 words or less
US 189m, Color/B&W
Director: Oliver Stone; Cast: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Rooker, Joe Pesci, Jay O. Sanders, Donald Sutherland, John Candy, Sissy Spacek
Based primarily on Jim Garrison’s investigations, later recounted in his 1988 book entitled: “On the Trail of the Assassins”, JFK is an engaging and controversial film which explores a number of conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. With the view that Lee Harvey Oswald was not a lone gunman as the Warren Commission had concluded, Stone’s meticulously detailed story follows the investigation of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison who led the only court case against anyone suspected in the assassination. Despite the loss of his case, Garrison is shown to make a convincing and now widely known argument on the basis of ballistics that Oswald could not have acted alone. In retracing the investigation, Stone not only questioned who was involved, but looked for motivation, leading him to suggest that Kennedy’s assassination may in have been part of a coup d’état, implicating not only the CIA, but Lyndon B. Johnson, whose motivation was to lead America deeper into the Vietnam War (Klaus Ming June 2011).