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Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald [VHS]

4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews


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  • Actors: Ben Gazzara, Lorne Greene, Frances Lee McCain, Lawrence Pressman, Charles Robinson
  • Directors: David Greene, Gordon Davidson
  • Writers: Robert E. Thompson
  • Producers: Charles W. Fries, Lawrence Schiller, Richard Freed
  • Format: NTSC
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: June 23, 1995
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001U0GD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,395 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: VHS Tape
I know this made-for-television movie aired sometime in 1976, but I can't for the life of me remember it. Regardless, I have discovered it now and I'm glad I did. Any student or researcher of the Kennedy assassination, or for that matter, anyone interested in the "crime of the century" should find this docudrama fascinating. Not only is it filmed on location (which alone makes it worth the price), it gives us both sides of the coin - conspiracy and lone gunman theories - in glorious color. Just the thought that if Oswald would have lived to stand trial makes this movie intriguing, even before you watch it. The acting is good, the reenactment of events (the assassination, the killing of Officer J. D. Tippit, etc.) are better than those in Stone's JFK and the thought-provoking innuendos are more than enough to keep one entertained throughout this three hour and twelve minute offering. I recommend this film to everyone who remembers (and those who weren't born yet) the Kennedy assassination. One note: the names of some of the major witnesses and players in the assassination have been changed for whatever reason, but this does not detract from the drama as it unfolds. All in all, it is a wonderful movie - to be enjoyed over and over again. I hope they put it out on DVD soon.
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I watched all 3+ hours of this Made For TV film in one continuous sitting and I doubt I would not "pause" Oliver Stone's film!

Actor John Pleshette does an Emmy-worthy job as LHO - I can't imagine any better-known actor being more effective. Maybe not *Oscar*-worthy but subtle and just mysterious enough.

For the serious 11-22-63 researcher there's alot to bemoan, i.e, the "missing" people such as Jack Ruby, David Ferrie, Ruth Paine (*essentially* missing as a CIA-related figure); "missing" history such as the General Walker attempt; also some invented characters to bring out some frowns. Plus alot of "soap opera" with Lee and Marina to suggest that the marriage was, basically, stable.

Time has resolved some issues, i.e., that (reportedly) the *original* site for the assassination was *not* Dealey Plaza; that the fatal shot was possibly from an "explosive" (non-Manlicher-Carcano) rifle from the right front.

Location shots add alot to the drama, in fact, we are taken right up to the sixth floor of the TSBD!

I do not want to give away the ending but I can assure the reader and potential viewer that this movie will leave your head spinning! Maybe not enough to change your mind - maybe enough to get you to shake your head and say...I never thought of that!
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This is a great what-if movie. It goes with the premise that Jack Ruby did not kill Oswald, and looks at the evidence that would be presented at trial. Lorne Green makes a great defense lawyer. Interesting facts are revealed. No verdict is reached in the movie--the viewer gets to make that judgement on his/her own. I hadn't seen this in years, but was glad to add it to my video collection. Its well worth the money and the time that it takes to watch
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Suppose that Lee Harvey Oswald wasn't killed and made it to trial? This TV movie explores this idea and does it with enthusiam. John Pleshette as Oswald does fine, but both the attorneys really steal the show. To see them (Ben Gazzara/
prosecutor & Lorne Greene/defense) squaring off is quite satisfying. You also get to see both sides struggling -- even doubting when other authorities aren't releasing info on Oswald for some reason and crucial witnesses are being killed. Was Lee a patsy like he said?
What I really enjoyed was when they took the trial to scene of the crime (it really was) and were performing tests of firing the rifle at the moving car. This part was done well and had a little surprise, too.
In JFK, I didn't enjoy Kevin Costner's dull speech to the jury during closing statements. To me, this is a better than JFK. JFK comes across as merely a conspiracy flick & it has way too much info to digest. I think that the real truth of the assassination isn't fully known, but JFK seemed too rushed.
Here, we have a trial that never happened. Real facts are presented in a courtroom setting and they aren't overwhelming (investigation of length of disassemble rifle; can the witness really identify the sound of shell casings dropping on the floor above him?) but we know it never took place and so it becomes more of a courtroom drama. The balance between this and conspiracy is exciting.
A great purchase.
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