- 3 hr 9 min
Oliver Stone's JFK was a critical and commercial success despite controversy surrounding the historical accuracy of the movie and the depicition of historical figures in the film. The story centers on the former New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, played by Kevin Costner who brought charges against a New Orleans resident, Clay Shaw for his part in an alleged conspiracy to kill U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The film explains many of the conspiracy theories developed over the years about the assassination of JFK and explains how these theories are correct. JFK dramatizes the period building up to the assassination of Kennedy, the assassination in Dallas, Texas and the trial of Clay Shaw. The movie opens with a brief explanation of events leading up to the beginning of the Kennedy Presidency and the achievements of his first years in power explained through newsreel footage. The viewer is then given a graphic reconstruction of the assassination of JFK and its aftermath; in New Orleans, D.A. Jim Garrison begins an investigation into any links with his region of the country and the assassination. After the killing of the alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby Garrison ends his investigation after being told by media and government figures Oswald was the only gunman. A few years later, after the publishing of the Warren Commission report into the assassination Garrison reopens his investigation into the murder of the U.S. President. Local criminal figures and high ranking military figures provide Garrison with anecdotal evidence of a conspiracy reaching to the Vice President of the U.S., Lyndon B. Johnson who became President in the wake of Kennedy's death. Garrison and his team of investigators and lawyers pursue Clay Shaw for his role in the conspiracy to a trial that eventually shows up the lack of hard evidence of a consppiracy. JFK was controversial for linking President Lyndon B. Johnson to the murder of JFK and its reliance on anecdotal evidence. The film is based on two books written about the murder, including one by Jim Garrison himself.