Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald [VHS]
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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!
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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The tape was not the best quality, there were tracking issues but I kept it because ther is no DVD version available yet.Published on March 31, 2013 by don
I have seen this movie several times over the years,and think it was very well done,but why on earth is it still only available in VHS which is pretty much obsolete now,does... Read morePublished on April 8, 2012 by Vernon L. Conway
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