"JFK" from Warner Brothers in limited run at AMC and other chains beginning Nov. 17-20, 2013.
STARRING: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon, John Candy, Gary Oldman, Laurie Metcalf, Sissy Spacek, Michael Rooker, et. al.
DIRECTOR: Oliver Stone ("Natural Born Killers").
NOTE: The Director's Cut of this film will be re-released in an extensive collector's package on BluRay on Nov. 12, 2013. The package will include a newly filmed chapter of The Untold History of the United States as well as all of the documentaries already released on various packages. Amazon.com is offering pre-orders for $40.
History (and controversy) is made in a variety of ways: some are wondrous and beautiful; some are ugly and horrific. Many people know what happened during every instant of Nov. 22, 1963. A great many of these accounts and pictures have been published but the people who can identify the second gunman have remained silent all these years. Everyone knows that Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots, getting lucky with two. There were two more shots fired from the grassy knoll, one of which impacted John F. Kennedy's head with such force it blew off part of his skull which landed on the car's trunk. This happened on live television and that bullet did not fire itself. Someone living or dead knows who fired that kill shot and it's time for that information to be made public.
That's also the central point of Oliver Stone's film "JFK". No matter how small the conspiracy at the outset--regardless of how big it grew once in motion--this is a vital part of history which the American public has a right to know lo these fifty years since that fateful day. Oliver Stone became a figure of controversy because of his suspicion and lack of faith in the federal government, the Warren Commission in specific and various law enforcement agencies as well. He received death threats and scathing reviews of his work even while he was still filming the project. All because he believed so sincerely that justice had not been served. He's not alone in that train of thought.
Supposedly, the rest of the documentation held by the government will be made public by 2017. What has been made public so far has been so censored that much of it is merely a series of pages with black lines covering everything. There are numerous books, one written by Vincent Bugliosi, which claim that Oswald was the sole gunman. All of these books offer extensive reasons why no one else could have been involved. They are merely part of the conspiracy. It boils down to the fact that someone in the government wanted Kennedy dead, someone authorized the hit, it was carried out on live television and Oswald was framed for it and executed, also on live television.
This is not nearly as eloquent as Costner's impassioned speech during the trial depicted in this film. Nothing could be. It goes back through time to a 13-year-old boy who went home from school for lunch and to retrieve his science homework that November day. The television was on, his grandmother was standing in front of the set peeling potatoes. Shots rang out and America was changed forever in the blink of an eye. It was ugly and horrific and that boy has grown to be a man who still seeks answers to those questions. Watching the film in theater again may not provide those answers but it will offer a chance to watch Costner's greatest performance again.