JFK (1991) – Encore Review


jfk“Treason doth never prosper,” wrote an English poet, “What’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason.” – Jim Garrison

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater, DVD, 14 Aug 2013 and 17 Jun 2015)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a New Orleans district attorney who tried to uncover the possible conspiracy that led to JFK’s assassination.

My Take on it – Having been a fan since my youth of conspiracy theories (especially the JFK assassination), I was very excited to see this when it came out in 1991. I had no trouble sitting thru the nearly 3 hour theatrical version and have subsequently seen the 3 1/2 hour Director’s Cut more than 5 times.

I basically can’t get enough of this movie because it is constructed so well by Oliver Stone.

When I watched Executive Action (1973) a few days ago, my yearning to see this again was reignited and it only took me two days until I found the time to see it.

This movie is very one sided (where’s the defense?) But it’s still so much fun to watch. Its length actually makes it even more entertaining IMHO.

Thus movie has an unbelievable cast led by Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Joe Pesci. The full cast list is so extensive and filled with lots of famous actors who range from being dramatic actors to comedic ones. It’s great to see John Candy, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Larroquette, Dinald Sutherland and even Ed Asner in small but significant roles.

Kevin Bacon also appears which helps populate many actors for the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon game.

Many people may not believe that there really was a conspiracy, but this movie raises enough doubt that it still amazes me that after nearly 25 years since this came out, there are still so many classified documents not released to the public.

Bottom Line – Excellent movie that gives so much ammunition for the conspiracy nuts out there (like me). It’s a bit one sided but still an extremely entertaining 3.5 hour movie. Amazing cast led by Costner, Jones and Pesci among others. Director Stone manages to raise enough doubt and I’m still surprised that so many documents are still classified today and that no one is demanding that they be released. Highly recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Oliver Stone showed this film in December of 1991 to all of Congress on Capitol Hill. It led to the 1992 Assassinations Disclosure Act  (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)

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