Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/18/11
Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner), a New Orleans District Atty., prosecutes Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones) for being part of a conspiracy to assassinate the President with an accomplices Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman) and David Ferrie (Joe Pesci). One of numerous quotes I enjoyed since some lines were evident the history of my country: Jim Garrison - “The Mob wouldn't have the guts or the power for something of this magnitude. Assassins need payrolls, orders, times, schedules. This was a military-style ambush from start to finish... a coup d'état, with Lyndon Johnson waiting in the wings.” “That good triumphs over evil. But as we get older, we know this isn't true. Individual human beings have to create justice, and this is not easy because the truth often poses a threat to power and one often has to fight power at great risk to themselves.” X – “Remember, fundamentally, people are suckers for the truth — and the truth is on your side, Bubba.”
It may have been fictional, controversial and ambitious, nevertheless the manner if the pictures execution was well crafted and precisely planned. The 8 Academy Award/Golden Globe nominations, impact and the artists waiving their regular fees to be part of this magnum opus prove how special the picture was. Personally, I felt moved by this movie instead of the director’s superb works because of its realistic approach and intensive research displayed. A wonderful array of stars such as Kevin Bacon (Willie O'Keefe), Sissy Spacek (Liz Garrison), Jack Lemmon (Jack Martin), Walter Matthau (Senator Russell B. Long), John Candy (Dean Andrews Jr.) and Donald Sutherland as X were made available to create this movie. In the words of the main protagonist – “Let justice be done though the heavens fall.” The film direction and cinematography was better than Natural Born Killers, made better points than Platoon, thrilling soundtrack and had so many outstanding performances and an excellent screenplay that makes JFK one of the best in its era.