(out of 5)

Oliver Stone’s three hour epic of grand political investigation (and paranoia) is a thrilling, fascinating recreation of the John F. Kennedy assassination that will entertain even the most incredulous of viewers.  plays Louisiana District Attorney Jim Garrison, who was so devastated by the murder of America’s seemingly untouchable president that he launched his own personal investigation into the matter, which culminated in the book On The Trail Of The Assassins upon which this film is partly based (the other source is Jim Marrs’ Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy). The complex plot is absolutely riveting, but any viewer who has no interest in the historical matter being put forth will instead be delighted by the giant assemblage of famous actors, including , ,  (doing an excellent Lee Harvey Oswald bit),  (as Garrison’s wife), ,  and an especially memorable  as key witness Clay Shawe. A decidedly controversial film when it was first released, the hubbub has definitely died down after a decade but the film is still well remembered as a challenging work of art (a success that was not repeated when Stone made his biography of the other famous president in American History, Richard Nixon).

Warner Bros., Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films, Ixtlan, Camelot

USA/France, 1991

Directed by

Screenplay by Oliver Stone, , based on the book On The Trail of The Assassins by , and the book Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by

Cinematography by

Produced by , Oliver Stone

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 1991


Golden Globe Award
Best Director (Oliver Stone)

Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Kevin Costner)
Best Screenplay (Oliver Stone)

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