JFK – Oliver Stone (1991)


JFK is a 1991 American political thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy and alleged cover-up through the eyes of former New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner). Garrison filed charges against New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones) for his alleged participation in a conspiracy to assassinate the President, for which Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman) was found responsible by the Warren Commission. The film was adapted by Stone and Zachary Sklar from the books On the Trail of the Assassins (1988) by Jim Garrison and Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy (1989) by Jim Marrs. Stone described this account as a ‘counter-myth‘ to the Warren Commission’s ‘fictional myth.’  The film became embroiled in controversy. Upon its theatrical release, many major American newspapers ran editorials accusing Stone of taking liberties with historical facts, including the film’s implication that President Lyndon B. Johnson was part of a coup d’état to kill Kennedy. Despite the controversy surrounding its historical depiction, JFK received critical praise for the performances of its cast, Stone’s directing, score, editing, and cinematography. The film gradually picked up momentum at the box office after a slow start, earning over $205 million in worldwide gross, making it the sixth highest-grossing film of 1991 worldwide. … The film’s production and release were subject to intense scrutiny and criticism. A few weeks after shooting had begun, on May 14, 1991, Jon Margolis wrote in the Chicago Tribune that JFK was ‘an insult to the intelligence.’ … The article pointed out that Garrison lost his case against Clay Shaw and that he inflated his case by trying to use Shaw’s homosexual relationships to prove guilt by association. .. Anthony Lewis in The New York Times stated that the film ‘tells us that our government cannot be trusted to give an honest account of a Presidential assassination.’ Washington Post columnist George Will called Stone ‘a man of technical skill, scant education and negligible conscience.’ Time ran its own critique of the film-in-progress on June 10, 1991 and alleged that Stone was trying to suppress a rival JFK assassination film based on Don DeLillo‘s 1988 novel Libra. Stone rebutted these claims in a letter to the magazine. …”
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