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JFK

Synopsis
Feature film. A fictional account of the conspiracy around John F. Kennedy’s assassination investigated by district attorney Jim Garrison. Garrison quotes ‘One may smile and smile and be a villain’ (1 v) when he is interviewing a conspiracy suspect, Clay Shaw. Later he is summing up at Shaw’s trial and states ‘we have all become Hamlets in our country, children of a slain father - leader whose killers still possess the throne. The ghost of John Kennedy confronts us with the secret murder at the heart of the American dream’.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1991
Duration
181 mins; 16,974 feet

Credits

Director
Oliver Stone
Cinematographer
A. Kitman Ho; Oliver Stone
Screenplay
Oliver Stone; Zacahry Sklar
Music
John Williams
Cast
Gary OldmanLee Harvey Oswald
Kevin CostnerJim Garrison
Sissy SpacekLiz Garrison
Tammy Lee JonesClay Shaw

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Hamlet
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The DVD (special edition) includes a commentary by Oliver Stone that references Hamlet.
General
Stone apparently intended to have the ghost of Kennedy appear to Garrison.

Production Company

Name

Warner Bros Pictures

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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