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The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald / The Other Side of Bonnie & Clyde (Something Weird) (1964)

George R. Russell , George Edgley , Larry Buchanan  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: George R. Russell, George Edgley, Arthur Nations, Charles Mazyrack, Joreta C. Cherry
  • Directors: Larry Buchanan
  • Writers: Larry Buchanan, Harold Hoffman
  • Producers: Joreta C. Cherry, Larry Buchanan, Harold Hoffman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Special Edition
  • 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: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CG8H1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,879 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Take a trip to an alternate universe in which JFK's assassin received his proper day in court. Trial of Lee Harvey (98 min.) is a fascinating and imaginative look at what might've been and you'll be amazed when you see Other Side of Bonnie Clyde (75 min.). Color-b&w/NR. Twin twisted tales from director Larry Buchanan. Color/NR/widescreen.

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Cult director Larry Buchanan (The Naked Witch) tackles nothing less than the killing of President John F. Kennedy by showing what The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald might have been like had Oswald lived to defend himself. Filmed in Dallas shortly after the as

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3.0 out of 5 stars Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald June 18, 2005
This dvd offers a weird set of films from exploitation/schlockmeister Larry Buchanan, the low rent director of such cult favorites as Mars Needs Women and Common Law Wife.

*** - THE TRIAL OF LEE HARVEY OSWALD (1964) is a black-and-white preenactment of the trial of John F. Kennedy's assassin had Oswald not been shot and killed by Jack Ruby a few days after his arrest. The movie places the audience in the jury box and keeps it there. Everything takes place in the courtroom, the drama consisting solely of whatever heat is generated by lawyers cross-examining witnesses, with a stray objection being tossed and sustained or overruled by the judge. It's an interesting piece of speculation that's severely hobbled by the dearth of facts as known at the time. The movie presumes that Oswald acted alone, so conspiracy buffs might find this one borders on the outrageous. The action is static and the scope of inquiry is limited, but to the best of my knowledge this is film to deal with the Kennedy assassination. Its fascination, for me, at least, derives from the fact that it's a first response to a national tragedy before the Warren Report, Jim Garrison, and suchlike made the scene and muddied up things.

*** - Burl Ives narrates THE OTHER SIDE OF BONNIE AND CLYDE (1968), a documentary that assumes a strong pro-law enforcement attitude and concentrates most of its attention on the man who brought Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow down, Texas Ranger Frank Hamer. THE OTHER SIDE OF BONNIE AND CLYDE was released the year after the mega-hit (but now kind of forgotten) BONNIE AND CLYDE, with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. If you aren't familiar with the Beatty-Dunaway movie this one's going to look like it's shadow boxing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Director Larry Buchanan might be best remembered for either "Mars Needs Women," and other science fiction monster films like "Zontar: Thing From Venus/The Eye Creatures," or sexploitation films like "Common Law Wife / Jennie Wife-Child." However, this DVD from the folks at Something Weird Video has a couple of "true crime" dramas from Buchanan. The thought of doing a faux trial for Oswald in Dallas in 1964 is certainly an intriguing idea, but whatever your expectations are, "The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald" will not meet it. Prosecuting Attorney Atkins (Arthur Nations) goes up against Defense Attorney Tyler (George R. Russell), with Charles Mazyrack as the silent Defendant (although we do hear Oswald himself on a radio interview explaining how he returned from the Soviet Union after defecting). This ia a good faith effort to put what was in the public record into a courtroom setting, but the results are simply not engaging. For me the scenario jumps the rails when Tyler insists that not only did Oswald not do it, if he did do it he was insane (a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too argument that works a lot better in high school debates than real world court rooms). By the time we learn that Oswald will not testify and the judge stares into the camera and asks us to come to our verdict, there is no need to even think about ever watching this movie ever again.

There was a 1977 made-for-television movie called "The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald," with John Pleshette in the title role and Lorne Green facing off against Ben Gazarra as the lawyers.
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A somewhat rarely-seen "mock trial" that is actually quite good is Larry Buchanan's 1964 courtroom movie, "The Trial Of Lee Harvey Oswald" (not to be confused with the Lorne Greene/Ben Gazzara 1977 TV movie of the same title).

If President Kennedy's assassin had not himself been murdered just two days after JFK was killed in Dallas in November 1963, then many of the scenes we see played out in this simulated trial just might have actually taken place inside a real courtroom in Dallas, Texas, in the year 1964.

Buchanan's black-and-white film, which occupies half of this DVD, is very interesting. And the most compelling aspect of it (to me) is the timing of when it was produced. It was made within weeks or months of JFK's assassination, and debuted in a Milwaukee theater (incredibly) on April 22, 1964, which was a point in time when the Warren Commission hadn't even come close to finishing its investigation into the President's murder.

I've watched the Buchanan trial film several times, and there are very few blatant errors in the movie. One mistake is when the prosecutor elicits testimony from a witness that indicated that all three of the bullets that were fired by Lee Oswald during the assassination were recovered and were in evidence at the trial.

Another major error contained in the film is when the actor portraying one of JFK's autopsy doctors says that the bullet which entered JFK's upper back did not exit his body, and that the throat wound was a result of a fragmented portion of the bullet that struck the President's head.
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