Executive Action Reviews

  • Apr 23, 2020

    The Granddaddy of all Kennedy assassination conspiracy films. Regardless of your opinions on the conspiracy theory, it is clear that this film seeks to include in the conspiracy an explanation for every misstep, coincidence, unusual circumstance or other happenstance that surrounded the assignation at the time. As such, it presents a conspiracy that was so convoluted and reliant on luck, as to make it completely implausible. Still, the movie is well made, with quality acting and cinematography that puts you in the heart of the conspiracy and assassination.

    The Granddaddy of all Kennedy assassination conspiracy films. Regardless of your opinions on the conspiracy theory, it is clear that this film seeks to include in the conspiracy an explanation for every misstep, coincidence, unusual circumstance or other happenstance that surrounded the assignation at the time. As such, it presents a conspiracy that was so convoluted and reliant on luck, as to make it completely implausible. Still, the movie is well made, with quality acting and cinematography that puts you in the heart of the conspiracy and assassination.

  • Jan 20, 2019

    Executive Action is a decent film. It is about the conspiracy theories of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Burt Lancaster and Robert Ryan give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. David Miller did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and mystery.

    Executive Action is a decent film. It is about the conspiracy theories of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Burt Lancaster and Robert Ryan give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. David Miller did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and mystery.

  • Nov 29, 2016

    Shrugged off by public and media, this is an utterly disquieting conspiracy theory on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, meticulously choreographed by a clique of rouge right-wingers.

    Shrugged off by public and media, this is an utterly disquieting conspiracy theory on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, meticulously choreographed by a clique of rouge right-wingers.

  • Nov 22, 2016

    A heartless dramatization film that sometimes uses real life footage to tell the possible real story behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The movie shows how a soulless elitist group with immense political power turned Lee Harvey Oswald into their own personal puppet to do their bidding. What I never knew was simply a written text on the screen just as the end credits were ready to roll. It was about the mysterious deaths of 18 witnesses just three years after the assassination (one even from a karate chop to the neck). "An actuary...concluded that on November 22, 1963, the odds against these witnesses being dead by February, 1967, were one hundred thousand trillion to one." Let that sink in.

    A heartless dramatization film that sometimes uses real life footage to tell the possible real story behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The movie shows how a soulless elitist group with immense political power turned Lee Harvey Oswald into their own personal puppet to do their bidding. What I never knew was simply a written text on the screen just as the end credits were ready to roll. It was about the mysterious deaths of 18 witnesses just three years after the assassination (one even from a karate chop to the neck). "An actuary...concluded that on November 22, 1963, the odds against these witnesses being dead by February, 1967, were one hundred thousand trillion to one." Let that sink in.

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    Aldo G Super Reviewer
    Jul 02, 2016

    Long before Oliver Stone's conspiracy theory movie, JFK, there was this movie, Executive Action. Worth watching for it's provocative theory that President John Kennedy was assassinated by a band of wealthy right-wingers for their personal gain. Unfortunately, Burt Lancaster and Robert Ryan, great actors, seem to go through the motions. But, the story is engaging, especially for fans of political intrigue.

    Long before Oliver Stone's conspiracy theory movie, JFK, there was this movie, Executive Action. Worth watching for it's provocative theory that President John Kennedy was assassinated by a band of wealthy right-wingers for their personal gain. Unfortunately, Burt Lancaster and Robert Ryan, great actors, seem to go through the motions. But, the story is engaging, especially for fans of political intrigue.

  • Apr 17, 2016

    Oliver Stone borrows from this conspiracry thriller for his 'JFK"

    Oliver Stone borrows from this conspiracry thriller for his 'JFK"

  • Apr 13, 2015

    Watching this movie will certainly leave you believing that Burt Lancaster and Robert Ryan had Kennedy killed. Unsettling movie connects the dots among all the strange inconsistencies of November 22, 1963 into a broad conspiracy movie that certainly was capitalizing on the Watergate paranoia of the time. The film's sparse docu-drama style lends everything a very believable quality as well as the intricate inter cutting of actual footage from Kennedy's trip. Ryan and Lancaster add weight to roles that are really one dimensional and today are seen almost as caricature, but in their hands there is still some honest menace. The final reveal of the movie regarding the deaths of the witnesses leaves the viewer with an effectively ominous final chord to go out on.

    Watching this movie will certainly leave you believing that Burt Lancaster and Robert Ryan had Kennedy killed. Unsettling movie connects the dots among all the strange inconsistencies of November 22, 1963 into a broad conspiracy movie that certainly was capitalizing on the Watergate paranoia of the time. The film's sparse docu-drama style lends everything a very believable quality as well as the intricate inter cutting of actual footage from Kennedy's trip. Ryan and Lancaster add weight to roles that are really one dimensional and today are seen almost as caricature, but in their hands there is still some honest menace. The final reveal of the movie regarding the deaths of the witnesses leaves the viewer with an effectively ominous final chord to go out on.

  • Dec 07, 2013

    Captivating, fast paced...tends to be more a documentary than a drama, with lots of real news footage thrown into the movie. Still, very interesting and a good education of events as they happened. Suggest everyone watch this if they found Oliver Stone's film interesting. PLEASE see this trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SPcJ7-GMsU Executive Action is a 1973 film about the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The film opened to a storm of controversy over the depiction of the assassination: in some places in the U.S., the film ran only 1 to 2 weeks in movie theaters or got pulled from them altogether. Odd that the film was released just 14 days before the anniversary of the president's assasination. [img]https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSR9YnyKnOiKZepGpQ5TSDSUVBvkKXhUD7dI_6qt7MeL_aLsN7x[/img] SEE the entire film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbF5him-EF8 [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e0/Executive_Action1973.jpg/220px-Executive_Action1973.jpg[/img] REVIEWS by us: 90% I thought this was a very good movie. 80% I thought the film overall was rather well done, and fit in with the time period. I recently bought this movie, just watched it. I grew up in Dallas, and was in high school the day Kennedy was killed. I well remember the day. [img]http://bad.eserver.org/issues/2013/85/upcoming/85/85-graphics/execaction1.jpg[/img] Robert Ryan, left...Lancaster, right NOTES: 1 Executive Action is one of at least four American films to present a dramatization portraying the Kennedy assassination as a conspiracy (the others being Oliver Stone's 1991 movie JFK, the 1984 William Tannen film Flashpoint, starring Kris Kristofferson and Treat Williams. and Neil Burger's 2002 mockumentary Interview with the Assassin). 2 Despite many similarities of the plotline to JFK, Executive Action presents a far more direct and unemotional account of the Kennedy assassination than Stone's film. 3 This film was also the last movie for Ryan, who died of cancer four months before the film's release. 4 Actor Donald Sutherland has been credited as having the idea for the film and for hiring Freed and Lane to write the screenplay. Sutherland planned to act in and produce Executive Action, however, he abandoned the project and took a role in another film after failing to obtain financing for the film. [img]http://bad.eserver.org/issues/2013/85/upcoming/85/85-graphics/execaction2.jpg[/img] Directed by David Miller Produced by Edward Lewis Written by Dalton Trumbo Donald Freed (story) Mark Lane (story) [img]http://www.lefrelonvert.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Executive_Action_1.jpg[/img] Starring Burt Lancaster Robert Ryan Music by Randy Edelman Cinematography Robert Steadman Editing by George Grenville Distributed by National General Pictures Release dates November 7, 1973 Running time 91 min. Country USA Language English Budget under $1 million [img]https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQf9eAZOgtiAFM9Sw-64MJN6Tkt7q3RyZk14eyD27Zt6_tcSJPeiQ[/img]

    Captivating, fast paced...tends to be more a documentary than a drama, with lots of real news footage thrown into the movie. Still, very interesting and a good education of events as they happened. Suggest everyone watch this if they found Oliver Stone's film interesting. PLEASE see this trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SPcJ7-GMsU Executive Action is a 1973 film about the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The film opened to a storm of controversy over the depiction of the assassination: in some places in the U.S., the film ran only 1 to 2 weeks in movie theaters or got pulled from them altogether. Odd that the film was released just 14 days before the anniversary of the president's assasination. [img]https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSR9YnyKnOiKZepGpQ5TSDSUVBvkKXhUD7dI_6qt7MeL_aLsN7x[/img] SEE the entire film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbF5him-EF8 [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e0/Executive_Action1973.jpg/220px-Executive_Action1973.jpg[/img] REVIEWS by us: 90% I thought this was a very good movie. 80% I thought the film overall was rather well done, and fit in with the time period. I recently bought this movie, just watched it. I grew up in Dallas, and was in high school the day Kennedy was killed. I well remember the day. [img]http://bad.eserver.org/issues/2013/85/upcoming/85/85-graphics/execaction1.jpg[/img] Robert Ryan, left...Lancaster, right NOTES: 1 Executive Action is one of at least four American films to present a dramatization portraying the Kennedy assassination as a conspiracy (the others being Oliver Stone's 1991 movie JFK, the 1984 William Tannen film Flashpoint, starring Kris Kristofferson and Treat Williams. and Neil Burger's 2002 mockumentary Interview with the Assassin). 2 Despite many similarities of the plotline to JFK, Executive Action presents a far more direct and unemotional account of the Kennedy assassination than Stone's film. 3 This film was also the last movie for Ryan, who died of cancer four months before the film's release. 4 Actor Donald Sutherland has been credited as having the idea for the film and for hiring Freed and Lane to write the screenplay. Sutherland planned to act in and produce Executive Action, however, he abandoned the project and took a role in another film after failing to obtain financing for the film. [img]http://bad.eserver.org/issues/2013/85/upcoming/85/85-graphics/execaction2.jpg[/img] Directed by David Miller Produced by Edward Lewis Written by Dalton Trumbo Donald Freed (story) Mark Lane (story) [img]http://www.lefrelonvert.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Executive_Action_1.jpg[/img] Starring Burt Lancaster Robert Ryan Music by Randy Edelman Cinematography Robert Steadman Editing by George Grenville Distributed by National General Pictures Release dates November 7, 1973 Running time 91 min. Country USA Language English Budget under $1 million [img]https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQf9eAZOgtiAFM9Sw-64MJN6Tkt7q3RyZk14eyD27Zt6_tcSJPeiQ[/img]

  • Nov 19, 2013

    I thought this was a very good movie.

    I thought this was a very good movie.

  • Oct 19, 2013

    A movie that blends actual news footage of the Kennedy assassination with scripted film. May be the earliest movie I have seen so intertwine the two. The script follows the (for the most part plausible) conspiracy theory that JFK's assassination was planned by a group of ultra-rich right-wing industrialists. I think much of what caused JFK's death did have to do with his desire to pull out of VietNam and that Oswald was obviously a patsy. But Kennedy had upset the Insiders, and the Insiders only use the right-wing/left-wing dichotomy in a strategy of divide and conquer on the rest of us in order to consolidate their power. If the Insiders succeeded in 1963, just imagine how much better they are at it today. (They're still pretty sloppy - Gordon Kahl, Ruby Ridge, Waco, Vince Foster, Oklahoma City/Ken Trentadue, etc.) To note, this movie prophetically forecasts the population of the third world in 2000 at 7 billion, "Most of them Yellow, Brown or Black. All hungry and all determined to love; they'll swarm out of their breeding grounds into Europe and America."

    A movie that blends actual news footage of the Kennedy assassination with scripted film. May be the earliest movie I have seen so intertwine the two. The script follows the (for the most part plausible) conspiracy theory that JFK's assassination was planned by a group of ultra-rich right-wing industrialists. I think much of what caused JFK's death did have to do with his desire to pull out of VietNam and that Oswald was obviously a patsy. But Kennedy had upset the Insiders, and the Insiders only use the right-wing/left-wing dichotomy in a strategy of divide and conquer on the rest of us in order to consolidate their power. If the Insiders succeeded in 1963, just imagine how much better they are at it today. (They're still pretty sloppy - Gordon Kahl, Ruby Ridge, Waco, Vince Foster, Oklahoma City/Ken Trentadue, etc.) To note, this movie prophetically forecasts the population of the third world in 2000 at 7 billion, "Most of them Yellow, Brown or Black. All hungry and all determined to love; they'll swarm out of their breeding grounds into Europe and America."