- Actors: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Michael Rooker
- Directors: Oliver Stone
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Letterboxed, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Number of tapes: 2
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- VHS Release Date: April 27, 1999
- Run Time: 206 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 1,393 customer reviews
- ASIN: 0790741164
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,543 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
JFK - Director's Cut VHS
Special Edition, Director's Cut, VHS video
A film that chronicles New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison's investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It explores all the credible assassination theories that have raised the nation's persistent questions, doubts and suspicions.
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Personally, I think of many of the film's theories as crackpot journalism, an alternative history to real events. In fact, the movie briefly, and insanely, alleges Lyndon Johnson had a hand in the Kennedy assassination, or at least was a proponent of the idea in theory.
However, this does not necessarily mean we should condemn this seeking of higher truth the film aspires to. In fact, that I admire about JFK. Hell, I don't agree with everything Howard Zinn used to say as a historian, but I found his voice to be healthy and essential to the debate in this country. How could any of this possibly hurt us, this alternative and speculative way of thinking?
As Ebert also says in his review, the film is full of urgency and anger. And he's right: it feels like Stone is ferociously throwing everything he ever wanted to say or do at the screen and its viewers, and seeing what sticks.
Technically speaking, it's a marvel to watch. The editing--by Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia-- compiles documentary footage, 8mm and 35 mm dramatizations and re-enactments of real events to head-swirling effect. It's something to see for that aspect alone. It must've been a monster to compile and edit all this film together.
However, the film asserts—I think accurately—that America’s intelligence agencies, with their undisclosed budgets and lack of congressional oversight since the 1950’s, have wrought havoc, instability and mayhem throughout the world to ensure its’ own military, economic and political power worldwide. If you don’t believe this to be true, I suggest you look at “Legacy of Ashes: A History of The CIA, by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner.
The creation of the C.I.A., N.S.A, and the F.B.I. has had both successful and disastrous consequences for the United States. JFK is the best example, no matter how paranoid and preposterous the film becomes, of America’s employ of a kinder, gentler, and invisible, machine gun hand to secure its own empire, initiated by officials in the dimly lit back rooms of our political establishments.
In other words, it describes what Eisenhower called, a Military Industrial Complex—a term broadly used to represent a network or collusion between U.S. Congress, The Pentagon, weapons corporations and defense contractors. A relationship that critics claim, arguably, keeps the United States in a perpetual state of war, aggression and fear, which it also benefits and profits from it.
In fact the film begins with Eisenhower’s quote in his farewell address in 1961: “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.”
Contrast that against the film’s other opening words from a speech by John F. Kennedy in 1963 and I think you will understand its' intention and grand ambition: "What kind of peace do I mean and what kind of a peace do we seek? Not a Pax-Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, and the kind that enables men and nations to grow, and to hope, and build a better life for their children—not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women, not merely peace in our time but peace in all time."