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Killing Oswald

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From the director of RFK Must Die, Killing Oswald explores the mystery of how and why John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald were assassinated in 1963, tracing Oswald's strange transformation from US Marine radar operator in Japan, monitoring U2 spy planes over Russia; to 20-year-old Marxist defector, decamping to Moscow threatening to share military secrets with the KGB; to pro-Castro activist in New Orleans and self-proclaimed patsy in Dallas.

The film features interviews with authors John Newman, Dick Russell, David Kaiser and Joan Mellen, Cuban exile Antonio Veciana and Watergate burglar Eugenio Martinez; alongside rare archive film and audiotapes of Oswald and his alleged CIA handlers George De Mohrenschildt and David Atlee Phillips.

The DVD also now includes two extra features based on the research of Doug Horne - "The Zapruder Film Mystery" and "JFK - The Medical Cover-Up".

"Shane O'Sullivan has made a major contribution to the Kennedy assassination field with his compelling new documentary, "Killing Oswald." O'Sullivan manages to decipher the enigma that was Lee Harvey Oswald -- no easy feat since the story of the alleged assassin has been subjected to so much artful manipulation over the past half century. "Killing Oswald" presents a clear picture of how a young high-school dropout with grand ambitions was caught in the grip of powerful forces that had other, more tragic plans for him." - David Talbot, author of Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.

"Killing Oswald sifts through the [secret files] made public after Oliver Stone's JFK and raises compelling new questions about the whole affair" - The Guardian

"This excellent documentary benefits from the richness of the archive material it has unearthed and from some intriguing testimony by well-informed 'experts'" - The Independent (4 stars)

Product Details

  • Actors: Lee Harvey Oswald, Fidel Castro, John Newman, Dick Russell, David Kaiser, Joan Mellen John F. Kennedy
  • Directors: Shane O'Sullivan
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: E2 Films
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,589 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Norma Desmond on November 30, 2013
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This is an excellent film, except for one glaring mistake. Near the beginning of the film, Lee Oswald is referred to as President Kennedy's "convicted killer." I would remind the film-maker that Oswald never had a trial, and in fact, repeatedly requested legal assistance and never got any. I will quote one witty journalist: "Lee Oswald miraculously managed to survive nearly 48 hours in the custody of the Dallas Police Department."

I would recommend this for people who are at least moderately interested in the Kennedy assassination. I do think the casual observer might not find it all that compelling. There is wonderful archival footage, some of which I have never seen before.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By TLR on December 25, 2013
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This is a very strong, though not perfect, two-hour collection. It collects just about every bit of film footage we have of Oswald (except for some color film of him on a New Orleans street which surfaced in the last few years), and excerpts from the New Orleans radio interview. It demonstrates what an intelligent and articulate young man Oswald was, going against the official stereotype of him as an uneducated nobody.

There is a bit too much reliance on David Kaiser, who believes that Oswald killed JFK and that the "backyard photos" are genuine. Russell discusses the Richard Case Nagell story and Newman talks about Mexico City. Veciana tells about seeing Oswald meeting with an agent he knew as Maurice Bishop in Dallas. A caption reveals that Veciana recently disclosed that "Bishop" was CIA officer David Atlee Phillips. Also included is a brief color clip of Phillips at Win Scott's wedding in December 1962.

The Sylvia Odio and Mexico City incidents are examined from different angles.

There is an old interview (looks like late 1960s) with Loran Hall that I'd never seen before where he talks about being briefly jailed in Dallas before the assassination. I was amazed that he doesn't have the slightest trace of a Cuban accent. He sounds like he's from California. An excerpt from a phone interview from the late 70s is misused by Kaiser to link Hall and Santo Trafficante to the assassination. However, during his testimony to the HSCA in 1977, Hall makes it clear that he is referring to the Bayo-Pawley raid rather than the killing of Kennedy.

There is vintage footage of an Allen Dulles interview in 1965, and a 1968 George de Mohrenschildt interview. He is asked whether Oswald was a friend or an enemy of President Kennedy.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By collector1 on December 19, 2013
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A very good dvd which gathers evidence about LHO and whatever part he played in the assassination of JFK.As a collector of dvds
about JFK I have 30+ and this has film clips I've never seen before.Very good picture quality makes for a film which keeps you focussed on this man/patsy and his place in history.Several issues are not fully challenged such as the backyard photos and the so
called attempt to kill Gen.Walker.Also LHO worked on the Japanese airbase where the U2 spy plane was kept.This plane was the most top secret project ever by the CIA and to think that LHO could announce his "defection" to the USSR and not have the CIA
kill him on the spot is a huge clue as to why he was allowed to go.
The extras on this dvd mention the possibility that the Zapruder film has been altered.Perhaps the makers of this film could have a
follow up dvd on that subject.Well worth viewing.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Viking Power 5 on February 15, 2014
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Watching Killing Oswald, is like watching a batter hit one over the centerfielder’s head, race to third for a triple and then get thrown out at the plate by 20 feet trying to extend it into an inside the park homer. I am going to give this a 5 but part of the reason I score it so high is because of the paucity of quality documentaries about the JFK assassination. This film is of quality production and looks very professional. This sets it apart from some of the other documentaries I have seen. And the film includes a lot of great film clips of Oswald and various characters in the assassination over the years. The talking heads, for the most part, do an effective job filling in the background information. For this reason, this is a very valuable film.

However, I have to say I was disappointed in several areas of the film. The film uses David Kaiser as the main talking head. In several snippets, Kaiser does an effective job filling in some key narrative facts. On the other hand, the views that he presents are not supported by many serious JFK assassination researchers. This film would have been so much better had they replaced him with someone like a Jim Dieugenio, Joseph McBride, Jim Douglas, or John Armstrong, to name a few. By including Kaiser’s theories, the film does not present a coherent story when mixed with the rest of the film. Given the amount of information that is presently known about the assassination and Oswald’s role in it, this is a monumental mistake in my opinion. And that is why this film fails to “hit a homer”.

Here are my main points of contention:

The film plays an audio clip of Marguerite Oswald stating that history will prove that her son was not involved in the assassination.
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