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JFK: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
An examination of the players involved in President John F. Kennedy's assassination revolves around the unsuccessful attempt by New Orleans D.A. Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) to prosecute local businessman Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones) as an accomplice in the President's murder. Shaw's connection is hazy at best but the trial serves as a platform for Garrison to advance his notion that Oswald was a pawn in a highly organised plot and probably never fired a shot from that book depository window.

"Oliver Stone is the king of DVD special editions. Following the bonus-packed releases of Any Given Sunday and Natural Born Killers, this 198 minute director's cut of JFK also arrives with 96 minutes of supplementary material. Use the web-enabled and DVD Rom features and you'll find hours more conspiracy theories to contend with.

Based on the books On the Trail of the Assassins by Jim Garrison, and Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy, by Jim Marrs, JFK is an amazing filmmaking achievement no matter what your opinion about its manipulation of the facts. Taking on board every conspiracy theory surrounding the shots fired on Elm St on November 22, 1963, Stone succeeds brilliantly in convincing us that Lee Harvey Oswald could not possibly have acted alone.

The labyrinthine examination of the players involved in Kennedy's assassination revolves around the unsuccessful attempt by New Orleans D.A. Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) to prosecute local businessman Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones) as an accomplice in the President's murder. Shaw's connection is hazy at best but the trial serves as a platform for Garrison to advance his notion that Oswald was a pawn in a highly organised plot and probably never fired a shot from that book depository window. Every theory connecting CIA, FBI, Mob, Cubans and shady military types to the assassination are thrown forward in a dynamic and utterly compelling piece of cinema orchestrated by Stone at his obsessed best.

There are too many historical inaccuracies and character fictions for JFK to be viewed as documentary but it remains a dazzling example of political soap-box cinema. Stone's objective is to make us believe there were dark forces at work in Dealey Plaza that day and this outpouring of exposition and punchy recreations of key events will leave all but the blind convinced he's right. Perhaps not precisely as speculated here but close to it, for sure. Loaded with great performances (Oldman is the standout as Oswald) and cameos by Donald Sutherland, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Garrison himself (ironically cast as Earl Warren), JFK is a vital and riveting study of the darkness that killed a dream that was an illusion anyway."
Richard Kuipers

Published June 7, 2001

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JFK (M)
(US - 1991)

CAST: Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Laurie
Metcalf, Michael Rooker, Sissy Spacek
DIRECTOR: Oliver Stone
RUNNING TIME: 198 min

DVD DISTRIBUTOR:Warner Home Video
DVD RELEASE: April 2001

SPECIAL FEATURES: Widescreen, 2 Disc Set, Deleted Scenes with Audio
Commentary by Oliver Stone, Web Enabled, DVD Rom (IBM only), Multi Media
Essays, 40 Minute Documentary "Meet Mr X: The Thoughts and Personality of
Fletcher Prouty, Assasination Update - The New Documents. Languages: English,
Italian (movie only). Subtitles: English, English (H.O.H.), Italian, Italian
(H.O.H.) Bulgarian, French, Spanish, German, Romanian.







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