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Executive Action (DVD)
Screen legend Burt Lancaster stars in this fictional account of a plot against President Kennedy by a powerful group of political conspirators who object to his foreign and domestic policies as a threat to their control of the economy. A topic of constant curiosity, even decades after the assassination. Scripted by one of the infamous "Hollywood Ten," blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo ("Johnny Got His Gun").]]>
As JFK-conspiracy movies go, Executive Action is distinguished by being one of the earliest and one of the best. This speculative drama draws together some of the theories floating around in 1973 and lay them out in dry, unadorned fashion. At the center of the conspiracy is a group of right-wing muckymucks who quietly plan the assassination of the president (thanks to their fears about Vietnam, civil rights, and whatever else might be handy). Burt Lancaster is the most prominent name in the cast, although the film gets much of its gravity from the weathered presence of Robert Ryan, the superb character actor who died not long after completing the project. Will Geer and John Anderson are also in on the plot. Scripted by Hollywood pro (and former blacklistee) Dalton Trumbo, the film is unrelentingly grim, but there's something about its very flatness that makes it that much eerier. Oliver Stone would take the opposite approach in his pinwheeling JFK, but this simple accounting is just as creepy. --Robert Horton
Excellent theory on the JFK assassination, almost to the point of believing it actually happened. Excellent actors and believable story.Published 9 days ago by pattycakes
Very interesting movie. It all makes sense to me because of the books I have read. If you have any interest in the JFK hit, you will not be disappointed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kerry Metz
This movie is thought provoking. It convincing points to the likelihood that high placed government officials and powerful American citizens are behind Kennedy's murder. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert B. Day
A fascinating curiosity from the 70s, watch it after viewing Oliver Stone's JFK.Published 2 months ago by Eric Gilliland
Presents a plausible case for an extreme, political group which planned the murder of JFK. When the film was released in 1973, I recall reading that the starring actor, Burt... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John D. D.
One of my favorite movies. The DVD is all I was hoping for and more. Excellent.Published 4 months ago by Jim
Great movie..you will want to see it more than once. I saw this movie right after the assasination of Kenedy and now after some of the records have been released.. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Darlene N.
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|How many people died as a result of the Kennedy assassination||
Add at least all of the U.S. soldiers who died in Vietnam due to the post-Kennedy escalation.
Nov 28, 2007 by Truthbetold | See all 9 posts