Training Thoughts on the Production
JFK--The Facts Behind the Story
Two years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, the Warren Commission investigating the case concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing America's Chief Executive. Very few people in the government and in the private sector were convinced that was the case. Controversy and conspiracy theories abounded across the land.
In the wake of it all, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison began his own investigation, eventually bringing evidence of a conspiracy before a Federal Judge. His conclusion that a conglomerate of special interest groups - including the CIA, elements of the U.S. military establishment, big business concerns and disgruntled Cubans - cooperated to have Kennedy killed failed to convince the judge but it made for fertile speculation and has kept the case alive in the American psyche.
Oliver Stone's brilliant script essentially follows Garrison's investigation. He cast wonderful actors to play real characters who were either deeply or peripherally involved in the events that took place in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas that fateful day in November. While Oliver takes no particular position on the matter other than a fervent belief that Oswald did not act alone, his speculations on what might have happened earned him an undeserved reputation as a wild-eyed Conspiracy Buff.