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Well for all of you who remember where you were on Nov. 22, 1963 you'll know what I'm talking about. The murder of JFK. Just who and how did it happen, you sitll wonder don't you? Do you believe the Warren Report, or do you have your own theories of who killed our 35th President. And don't some of us even question the official story of JFK Jrs. death? Executive Action is the story of how a few wicked men, who control not only the United States but practicaly the entire world's resources can kill anyone, if they want to. No other story of the Kennedy assassination could be closer to the truth. Executive Action is an essential to your collection of political who-done-its. Be sure and catch the interviews on the DVD with the actors, like Burt Lancaster & Robert Ryan, director and screenwriter who made this remarkably accurate & factual film of one of the most important events of our lifetime.
This is a gripping and somewhat realistic story of what it indeed might have been like if President Kennedy had actually been assassinated as a consequence of a homegrown American right wing conspiracy, put together by some very powerful but shadowy conservative extremists.
The film's title "Executive Action," is supposedly derived from the phrase used by the CIA in the 1950s to describe its program of assassinations.
Certainly, if a "vast right wing conspiracy," to use Hillary Clinton's phrase, had been the culprit in November of 1963, it could have very well gone down as portrayed in this film. Burt Lancaster, who was a very liberal Hollwywood star turns in a convincing performance as one of the well-heeled conspirators, as does Will Greer.
Greer must have also had a particularly strong motive for making the American far right look as evil as possible, as he had been historically involved in leftist politics and was a victim of the infamous blacklist of Hollywood personnel, as a consequence of his refusal to testify before the ominous House Un Amnerican Activities Committee.
Another major actor in this film, was also a known liberal Democrat. Robert Ryan, who died a few months before the flim's release, was active in the civil rights movement and in the peace movement.
I originally saw this movie at the famous Groman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, when it was released, just about ten years after the actual assassination. I was in my first semester of law school at the time and was trying to grapple with how we can ascertain what is and what is not true when dealing with the claims of government.
One does not have to be a conspiracy theorist to be entrhalled by this film. It certainly helps to be interested in the political hsitory of the 1960s, but this is not essential to enjoying the movie.
35 years, or so, after its release, I highly recommend this film to anyone interested in what might have truly happened on November 22, 1963, the day that America's Camelot ended, the day that America's optimistic innocence was torn from our grasp.
While JFK is a far superior film in terms of production values, EXECUTIVE ACTION succeeds because of it's lack of Hollywood glitz. The problem with Oliver Stone's film was that it was an information overload for the general public. While a JFK assassination buff like myself understands exactly what Stone's intent was, EXECUTIVE ACTION puts the JFK plot into simple terms. No overblown multi faceted killing armada. Just a group of like minded men planning and carrying out a killing. What makes the film so effective, is that this comes closer to reality that we might like to think. People know the truth when they see it. This is as good as it gets. Bravo.
PLOT: schemers plan the death of JFK~
1962~ a group of wealthy men and discuss the demise of JFK~ reasons are financial and political. As the US is drawn into the communist VietNam many feel Kennedy has not been "effective" as a leader. Others are very unhappy about his racial policies and also what they see Kennedys "brothers" being president for over many years from JFK to RFK to TEDDY. The men set up 2 "teams" of marksmen and experts on "black ops" aka covert killings. Will GREER is the man who sits on the fence about killing Kennedy. When Foreign Policy heats up GREER gives the "green light" to the covert plot to shoot Kennedy. This is fiction based on FACT and we see the buildings and "schemers" practice shooting. The DEADLY scheme moves forward. The "three" shooter theory emerges into FACT in this version. This is a very good movie full of good acting. This version speculates both an FBI and CIA "support" for this plot. AFTER the Bay of Pigs and the firing of CIA Chief Dulles they give a "motive" for their speculation. I give this 5 out of 5. Also we see how this group of men "set up Oswald" as a dupe. The "fall guy' including using him to shoot and the guy who is in the right place at the wrong time the book depository.
This was done way, way, before Oliver Stone's JFK. He had to get some of his ideas from this controversial movie which was banned for a long time. Until recently you could not get a copy of this film. It was done in the early 70's and gives a fascinating 'spin' on the Kennedy Assignation as a conspiracy. It doesn't have (or need) the special effects that newer films have. The story line kept me hooked throughout. I highly recommend this 'sleeper' of a film. Burt Lancaster and the rest of the actors are excellent.
Saw this movie at the theater when it first came out in 1973. Very thought provoking then and, as all the documentaries and books that followed have proven, very plausible. Movie stands up well over the years. The one shooter only theory has been proven impossible time and time again. Acting is well done (ignore the hairstyles of Burt Lancaster and Robert Ryan). When the truth comes out (and it will eventually) enough time will have passed that the people will be able to deal with it. Had it come out any sooner, it would have torn the country apart. Makes one wonder about Robert Kennedy's assassination and the fear that, had he become president and had the power, would have exposed the truth. Highly recommend this movie to anyone who feels there was a conspiracy and that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone.
I first saw this film in the 1970s when the House Commitee on Assassinations held hearings on the JFK,RFK,and Martin luther king murders.
The film is excellent in the way it shows how a conspiracy can begin.
The acting is excellent and the film moves quickly from start to finish.
Anyone who has doubts about whether conspiracies can happen should see this film at least once.
It's based on actual facts of the assasination of JFK.
I saw this movie on the cinema 36 years ago and was eager to get the DVD.
If you grew up in that era this is a fascinating "what if" movie. Almost two decades BEFORE Oliver Stones interpretation it brings into focus some the possible undercurrents that could have taking place. Since I do not subscribe to the lone gunman mindset it really gave me pause to think.
The Goverment lied to us about the Gulf of Tonkin incident back then. So covering up embarrasing questions on the JFK Assasination to provide the "correct media picture" could have been easily done. The debate will not die but interest in it by the public will. The public forgets and really doesn't give a damn.
Knowing the firearm used and the distance /target angles always left me with some real doubts in my mind. Some things were too neatly wrapped up (I believe)so as not to create a national furor.
I guess we will not know for a 100 yrs or so. When they talk money in this movie remember they are talking in early 1960's dollars when a loaded car would cost $3,000. Figure your multiples from that.
If anything it is scary and very disturbing. Enjoy!
before oliver stone and kevin costner, this was the one. alot of questions will always linger for the truth, i wonder if we could handle the truth? this one went where alot of people were scared to go.