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  • Actors: Morgan Freeman
  • Directors: Cory Taylor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Passion River
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IEXX21E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Narrated by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, JFK: A President Betrayed uncovers new evidence on how John F. Kennedy reversed years of US policy by leading back-channel peace efforts with Fidel Castro, Nikita Khrushchev and other US enemies. This riveting documentary highlights how President Kennedy was subverted by top US officials and resented by military advisors, all the while considering how the world may be different had he lived.

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An excellent example of cinematic scholarship. --The Hollywood Reporter

Well-researched... A worthy entry. --The New York Times

Customer Reviews

This film is good as far as it goes but does not go deep and broad enough.
hawkeye
He inspired so many during his speech at The American University, about the power within every persons' life to make a difference in this world!
SimplerTaste
We are reminded of how JFK saved the world over the Cuban Missile Crisis and a whole lot more.
Vince Palamara

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 12, 2014
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I was a senior in high school when JFK was assassinated. November 22, 1963 was a day I will always remember in detail, just as my parents remembered December 7, 1941. "JFK: A President Betrayed" began with documentation that was declassified in the 1990s about plans that US military leaders had proposed for a preemptive nuclear first strike against the Soviet Union. This plan was proposed to Kennedy in 1961, but was rejected. The film then documents the major events of the JFK presidency regarding his efforts to make peace with the Soviet Union, then led by Nikita Khrushchev. Berlin, Cuba, and Vietnam were the hotspots that forced Kennedy to make tough decisions during his presidency, decisions that many military leaders and hawkish political leaders were unhappy with, believing that Kennedy's actions were comparable to Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of Germany in the 1930s.

The film was intriguing at the very least. There were a number of interviews with people or their descendents who were influential members of Kennedy's staff during his presidency. The only criticism I have is that these interviews were almost entirely with supporters of Kennedy's bold steps to lessen the possibility of a nuclear holocaust. In fairness, though, I'll acknowledge that quotes from adversaries like Air Force General Curtis LeMay and others were included.

The film asks the question: Can a single individual change the destiny of mankind? With the world seemingly moving headlong toward nuclear war, JFK believed that he could. Regardless of a viewer's own opinions about Kennedy, it's hard not to wonder how history might have been altered if he had lived. Would the United States have gone to War in South Vietnam, or would all troops have been withdrawn by 1965 as Kennedy proposed? And would the United States have developed relations with Fidel Castro as Kennedy believed was possible?

A DVD of the film was provided to me for review purposes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Sally Mc Collum on May 1, 2014
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I was 14 when JFK was shot and, although old enough to remember it clearly, I could not have understood the complex socio-political circumstances that surrounded his short presidency. The more I've read and learned, the more astonished I am by JFK's personal depth, brilliance, sensitivity, and charisma. I have also become convinced, for the first time, that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone, and, with all of the accomplishments that LBJ can claim, JFK's assassination, like Lincoln's, was an incalculable tragedy for human society on a global scale.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Bundy on January 19, 2014
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I remember the events surrounding the Missiles of October of 1962, because my father was at the radar site on Tinker AFB for several days. The B-52 bombers were in touch and go mode and my mother was terrified.

I learned of those events from their historical perspective over time, as I had just turned 8 years old in October of 1962.

It fascinates me that President Kennedy was basically overruled by the forthcoming power that is the Military-Industrial Complex, associated with what became the Vietnam War and major policy issues ever since.

When you look at the make up of all subsequent Republican Administrations to JFK's Presidency, both Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld figure as major proponents of that Military-Industrial Complex thought process and the perpetual need to make war mentality. Only today it's not as much about making war as it is about making profits.

This documentary speaks to the failure of corporate run media to keep the American People properly and ethically informed as the true Constitutional Head of State in America.

This documentary speaks to the power of the corporate lobby industry that has effectively privatized so much of the military that the most basic question that needs to be asked is who runs this country? The American People or Corporate America?

This documentary speaks to the failure of Congress to respect the American People in their rightful place as Head of State.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SimplerTaste on August 24, 2014
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The focus of this video was the most inspiring of all the ones that were shown commemorating the 50th year since that fateful day in Dallas.
Despite the betrayal by the closest advisors to President Kennedy, what was encouraging was his ability to see beyond their rhetoric, to go forward with what his heart was telling him were the most just & best courses of action as each crisis unfolded.
He showed his brilliance & foresight to use dialogue before any violence.
He inspired so many during his speech at The American University, about the power within every persons' life to make a difference in this world!
Thanks to the connection of the two men who were responsible for this video, to their wonderful mentor, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, who is a peace maker, & poet laureate, the focus was on what a difference one person can make to the future & direction of the destiny of an entire nation!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tim who cares on November 23, 2013
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I recommend that everyone view this documentary. My only complaint being that it is not available for rental; one must pay $14.99 to see it.

This documentary reveals the truth of the Kennedy Administration. JFK inherited a Cold War and later sought to defuse it. Imagine no Vietnam, no Cold War, no enormous military expense that the U.S. has experienced since then. Had JFK's vice president not endorsed the 1963 coup d'etat, the world would have been a different place.
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