JFK 1991

JFK

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As history, Oliver Stone's JFK is dubious, but as filmmaking it's electric, cramming a ton of information and excitement into its three-hour runtime and making great use of its outstanding cast.

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This acclaimed Oliver Stone drama presents the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy led by New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner). When Garrison begins to doubt conventional thinking on the murder, he faces government resistance, and, after the killing of suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman), he closes the case. Later, however, Garrison reopens the investigation, finding evidence of an extensive conspiracy behind Kennedy's death.

Cast & Crew

Kevin Costner
Jim Garrison
Sissy Spacek
Liz Garrison
Joe Pesci
David Ferrie
Tommy Lee Jones
Clay Shaw aka Clay Bertrand
Gary Oldman
Lee Harvey Oswald
Michael Rooker
Bill Broussard
John Candy
Dean Andrews
Arnon Milchan
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Percy Faith
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John Williams
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Robert Richardson
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Critic Reviews for JFK

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Audience Reviews for JFK

  • Nov 30, 2016
    Having read two dozen books about the JFK assassination, and after hiring a team of researchers to further investigate, Oliver Stone seemed deeply devoted to finding his own answers. That answer is presented to us in his 1991 film JFK. Kevin Costner does a damn good job of playing Jim Garrison, the detective who reopened the case a few years later. Stone and company provide a thoroughly compelling case, claiming that there were others involved other than Lee Harvey Oswald. Clocking in at over 3 hours, JFK is very long, and my patience oftentimes runs thin for investigative films/shows. Luckily, it pays off in the end with an incredible courtroom scene where Garrison presents his case to a jury. Stone has convinced me with relentless amounts of evidence that the legal declaration stating that Oswald acted alone in the killing of JFK had to be a farce, to some degree.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2016
    If you ever needed proof Costner can't act, look no further than this paranoid gobbledygook. Absurd premise and stupid characters. But the lighting is good....
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2015
    Absolutely loved this film. Watched it whilst on the plane to London. Not sure why I have not seen it until now. An all star cast which is well acted and based on a true story. One of Oliver Stone's best.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2015
    In true Costner style, JFK is drawn out to in excess of three hours. It presents speculation as fact and the cast of usually stellar actors phones in many of their scenes. Still it is an interesting approach to the 'biopic' genre, and not outright disappointing.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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