Directed By: Oliver Stone Starring: Kevin Costner Tommy Lee Jones

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A portrait of the circumstances of john F. Kennedy's death.


Studio Warner
SKU 208787034
UPC 883929033690
UPC 14 00883929033690
Format DVD
Release Date 11/11/2008
Conspiracy Theories
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Oliver Stone's self-proclaimed "countermyth," JFK mocks the doubtful veracity of the Warren Commission's findings on the Kennedy assassination and summarizes some of the myriad theories that have been proposed in its contest. Focusing on the investigation by New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) into the activities of the FBI and other government agencies as well as their attempted cover-ups, Stone weaves fact and speculation into a compelling argument for the reopening of the case files. Garrison begins to investigate local links to the assassination, including Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones), David Ferrie (Joe Pesci), Guy Bannister (Ed Asner), Perry Russo (Kevin Bacon), and Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman). When the accounts of Ferrie, Russo, and others almost invariably diverge from the FBI versions of events, Garrison begins to suspect a cover-up. Widening his net, he interviews many of the original assassination witnesses and again finds little that coincides with the government's record. Combining interviews with an analysis of the physical evidence, Garrison's team posits the existence of a conspiracy to kill the president. A mysterious Col. X (Donald Sutherland) implies the orchestration of the conspiracy at the highest levels of government, and Garrison is ready to go to trial. Stone deploys video, different film stocks shot at varying speeds, and a dizzying style of montage while harnessing the talents of a large and extraordinary cast to create a film of undeniable power and excitement.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."--Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner)
Rolling Stone "...Tremendously exciting....JFK is riveting..." 01/23/1992 p.48-9
Sight and Sound "...Exciting entertainment....The film is expertly paced..." 02/01/1992 p.49-50
Los Angeles Times "...Effective....Impassioned..." 12/20/1991 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...Oliver Stone was born to make this movie. He is a filmmaker of feverish energy and limitless technical skills..." 04/29/2001 p.5
Total Film "...Gripping and thought-provoking stuff..." 04/01/2001 p.112
Oliver Stone
Kevin Costner
Tommy Lee Jones
Cast & Crew
Michael Rooker - Star
John Candy - Star
Edward Asner - Star
Kevin Costner - Star
Jay O. Sanders - Star
Tommy Lee Jones - Star
Jack Lemmon - Star
Kevin Bacon - Star
Walter Matthau - Star
Gary Oldman - Star
Laurie Metcalf - Star
Joe Pesci - Star
Sissy Spacek - Star
Donald Sutherland - Star
Brian Doyle Murray - Star
Sally Kirkland - Star
Oliver Stone - Screenwriter
Robert Richardson - Director of Photography
Joe Hutshing - Editor
Jim Marrs - Source Writer
Bill Brown - Post-Production Supervisor
Pietro Scalia - Editor
Jim Garrison - Source Writer
Zachary Sklar - Screenwriter
John Williams - Composer
A. Kitman Ho - Producer
Oliver Stone - Producer
Arnon Milchan - Producer
Kevin Reidy - Producer
Clayton Townsend - Producer
Oliver Stone - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1991
UPC 00883929033690
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
British Academy Awards (1993) Joe Hutshing, Pietro Scalia, Winner, Best Editing,Tod A. Maitland, et. al., Winner, Best Sound
Oscar (1992) A. Kitman Ho, Oliver Stone, Nominee, Best Picture,Joe Hutshing, Pietro Scalia, Winner, Best Film Editing,John Williams, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score,Michael Minkler, et. al., Nominee, Best Sound,Oliver Stone, Nominee, Best Director,Oliver Stone, Zachary Sklar, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium,Robert Richardson, Winner, Best Cinematography,Tommy Lee Jones, Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (1992) JFK, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Oliver Stone, Winner, Best Director - Motion Picture
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review When JFK first came out, director Oliver Stone got the same reception as the film's hero, Jim Garrison. Garrison was the New Orleans district attorney who built a case that led to the only trial related to the Kennedy assassination. And like that obsessed truth-seeker, Stone was both admired and vilified...Using a mixture of color and black-and-white film and splicing in documentary footage, Stone is able to create a compelling drama that begins with the November 22, 1963 assassination and follows Garrison as he and his staff track down Lee Harvey Oswald connections in the Big Easy. It's a blockbuster movie with a blockbuster cast, including Kevin Costner as Garrison, Sissy Spacek as Garrison's wife, Gary Oldman as Oswald, the alleged solo assassin, and a web of intriguing characters played by Joe Pesci, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurie Metcalf, Donald Sutherland, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ed Asner, John Candy, and Kevin Bacon...The editing is superb, the acting is solid, and the plot, based on two conspiracy-theory books, never sags..."Stone" isn't a synonym for subtlety, and the controversial director has a history of histrionics. Platoon (1986) was heavy-handed in its anti-war message and repeated slow-motion depictions of war-gore...Born on the Fourth of July (1989), the preachiest of the lot, would appear to complete a Vietnam trilogy, except that the "war industrial machine" plays a huge part in both JFK and the slower-moving (one might say, dragging) Nixon as well. Of these long "message" films, JFK is perhaps the most subtle and will have the widest audience appeal--especially since recent polls have shown that 73 percent of Americans now believe that there was some kind of conspiracy involving Kennedy's assassination.
Reviewer James Plath
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I don't have the slightest idea whether Oliver Stone knows who killed President John F. Kennedy. I have no opinion on the factual accuracy of his 1991 film "JFK.'' I don't think that's the point. This is not a film about the facts of the assassination, but about the feelings. "JFK'' accurately reflects our national state of mind since Nov. 22, 1963. We feel the whole truth has not been told, that more than one shooter was involved, that somehow maybe the CIA, the FBI, Castro, the anti-Castro Cubans, the Mafia or the Russians, or all of the above, were involved. We don't know how. That's just how we feel...Given that standard, "JFK'' is a masterpiece. It's like a collage of all the books and articles, documentaries and TV shows, scholarly debates and conspiracy theories since 1963...Oliver Stone was born to make this movie. He is a filmmaker of feverish energy and limitless technical skills, able to assemble a bewildering array of facts and fancies and compose them into a film without getting bogged down. His secret is that he doesn't intend us to remember all his pieces and fit them together and arrive at logical conclusions. His film is not about the case assembled by his hero, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner). It is about Garrison's obsession...The facts, such as they are, will continue to be elusive and debatable. Any factual film would be quickly dated. But ``JFK'' will stand indefinitely as a record of how we felt. How the American people suspect there was more to it than was ever revealed. How we suspect Oswald did not act entirely alone. That there was some kind of a conspiracy. "JFK'' is a brilliant reflection of our unease and paranoia, our restless dissatisfaction. On that level, it is completely factual.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Special Edition, Director's Cut, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Desson Howe, The Washington Post ...a riveting marriage of fact and fiction, hypothesis and empirical proof in the edge-of-the-seat spirit of a conspiracy thriller.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Absolutely riveting...Full of startling scenes, and bravura acting; as dramatic moviemaking, it's superb.
Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle ...a riveting, dramatic and disturbing look at one of the great whodunits of history.
Richard Corliss, Time Electrifying. A knockout. Enthralling.
Torene Svitil, Empire Truth or not, this is an exceptional piece of cinema, deeply provoking and audacious.

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