“That’s the real question isn’t it: why? The how and the who is just scenery for the public. Oswald, Ruby, Cuba, The Mafia, keeps ’em guessing like some kind of parlor game, prevents ’em from asking the most important question: why? Why was Kennedy Killed? Who benefited? Who has the power to cover it up? Who? ” – X
Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (Theater, DVD, 14 Aug 2013, 17 Jun 2015 and 20 Nov 2019)
Brief Synopsis – New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison tries to find out who was part of the conspiracy to kill President John F. Kennedy and putting them on trial.
My Take on it – Today is the 56th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, so I thought it would befitting to rewatch Oliver Stone’s amazing film that tries to piece together this amazingly true puzzle.
This is a move that I have loved every since I first saw it in the theater 28 years ago.
t is gripping from start until end because it reaches into the heart of this story in a very comprehensive way that we get to see why Jim Garrison and his entire staff were convinced that there was something quite peculiar about the way that the government was explaining the assassination.
Kevin Costner is superb in the lead role and despite the film having hundreds of cast members, he carries this film so well because he is the main anchor of it all.
The supporting cast of this film is extremely long and is filled with lots of famous actors in small yet significant roles.
There are too many to name, but the ones that actually stand out the most are the normally comedic actors who are given very serious roles here like John Candy, Walther Matthau, Jack Lemmon and Ed Asner who really shine here.
The film’s score by John Williams is amazing and adds so much to the suspensefullness of this story throughout.
The dialogue is delivered in rapid fire motion in order to allow the audience to get a grasp of what is going on and even at three and a half hours long the Director’s Cut of this film seems as if they could given us even more becaus ethe topic is so powerful, poignant and of course griping to watch unfold.
We will probably never truly know what happened on that fateful day on Dallas 56 years ago, but the truth is that this film raises so many questions, it’s hard to believe that there wasn’t some kind of conspiracy.
Oliver Stone is an amazing director and is able to create such a fascinating movie here.
It is quite easy to see how personal a story this is for him and that helps enahnce things to a point where this film stands out as one of his best endeavors in film making.
Bottom Line – Excellent film that is a very comprehensive look at the investigation by Garrison of what really happened. Costner is superb in the lead and manages to carry this whole story really well. The supporting cast is also amazing and features such a long list of talented actors, it would take quite a long time to list them all. The standout are the comedic actors who are given very serious roles here since they shine in them. Candy, Matthau, Lemmon and Asner stand out here so well. The music by Williams is quite gripping and enhances the suspensefulness of the story. The dialogue is delivered in rapid fire motion and even at nearly three and a half hours long, the Director’s Cut feels too short for such a powerful topic. We will probably never know what really happened on that day 56 years ago, but this film proves that not everything that has been suspected has to be true and anyone watching things will at least have doubts that Oswalt was a lone assassin. Stone knows how to create great movies and this is among his very best because it is so easy to see how close to his heart and personal this film is. Highly Highly Recommended
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Candy’s (Dean Andrews’) sweaty face during his talk with Garrison is real. Candy was petrified at the idea of appearing in a dramatic film with actors like Gary Oldman and Donald Sutherland. He sweated profusely throughout all his scenes. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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