MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#6 of 49) – JFK (1991) – Encore Review 3


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #6 of the 49.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – This is a film that I recall highly anticipating when it came out and rushed to see it in the theater on opening weekend. Stone definitely delivered back then, but the Director Cut enhances things even more.

“The organizing principle of any society, Mr. Garrison, is for war. The authority of the state over its people resides in its war powers. Kennedy wanted to end the Cold War in his second term. He wanted to call off the moon race and cooperate with the Soviets. He signed a treaty to ban nuclear testing. He refused to invade Cuba in 1962. He set out to withdraw from Vietnam. But all that ended on the 22nd of November, 1963.” – X

Number of Times Seen – At least 10-20 times (Theater, DVD, 14 Aug 2013, 17 Jun 2015, 20 Nov 2019 and 4 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A New Orleans District Attorney tries to make a case for a conspiracy to assassinate John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963.

My Take on it – For as long as I can recall, I’ve been intrigued and inspired by the idea that there wasn’t a lone gunman in the assassination of JFK in 1963.

AS a kid, I read numerous books a=on the subject and when this film came out in 1991, I was very anxious to see what it was all about.

Despite the movie being over 3 hours, I’ve seen it somewhere between 10 and 20 times in the past thirty years.

The Director Cut of the film is even more intense and informative and like with many other films, I prefer the longer DC since they usually tell a more comprehensive version of what happened.

Kevin Costner is amazing in the lead and writer/director Oliver Stone does a superb job putting this story together.

I truly believe that we will never know what really happened on that fateful day in Dallas nearly 60 years ago, but even if part of what this film tells us is true, there is no way that this was the doing on one lone man.

It is now more than 3 decades after this movie was made and new documents have been released over that time, yet we are still not closer to being able to understand the full truth of it all.

Stone gives the viewer a showy look at these circumstances and events and does it in a grand fashion in order to raise even an inkling of a doubt as to what really happened and I for one have been sold on this idea for 30+ years.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Oliver Stone spoke at the National Press Club about the movie, someone asked if he meant to insinuate that the government was involved in the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, as well as JFK’s. He replied with a simple one-word answer: “Yes.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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