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By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Politician makes case for JFK murder as conspiracy.

Movie R 1991 206 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Worth watching at least once.

This movie is long, but excellent. I learned a lot about Kennedy’s assassination from watching this movie, and with Oliver Stone being one of my favorite film directors, this is one of his best films. JFK’s assassination is much more detailed in this movie than I thought it was going to be, and it has many positive messages in it, too, such as accomplishing anything when you set your mind to it, just like Jim Garrison never gave up on the investigation depicted in this movie, as well as how important it is to defend your country and to have Justice served. All that said, Jim Garrison is a good role model. Despite all of this, though, there is lots of violence, including many, many angry verbal arguments, hand-to-hand fights, shootings, and actual footage of JFK being assassinated. There is also frequent and relentless language, with many uses of “f--k,” “s--t,” and many other expletives. There is some brief sex, some drinking, and lots and lots of smoking. Overall, this is a very well-made film that will intrigue Oliver Stone fans, people who love conspiracy theories, and history buffs.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

The best 'Conspiracy theory' Movie ever

Awesome cinematic tools used to depict the horrific event and best performances from the supporting and main leads to showcase the historical events in the best possible way to the audiences. RIVETING AND A MASTERPIECE for film-making!

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Great role models

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JFK is a well-made work of suspense, intrigue, and drama, all based on trying to solve one of the greatest mysteries of our time. Oliver Stone has tackled such enormous issues and larger-than-life subjects before. He's adept at managing a huge cast, complicated plotting, and weighty topics. JFK is no exception. He presents his case in a clear and decisive manner. He has enlisted an impressive group of supporting players (Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Joe Peschi among many), as well as some of the world's greatest actors in cameo appearances (Walter Matthau, Donald Sutherland, Jack Lemmon). Is the theory plausible? Was Garrison a hero or a hack? Courageous or reckless? Whatever the audience comes away with, it's definitely worth a watch.

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