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J.F.K. (JFK)

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Original title
J.F.K. (JFK)
Running time
190 min.
United States United States
Oliver Stone, Zachary Sklar (Novel: Jim Garrison)
John Williams
Robert Richardson
Warner Bros., Canal+, Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films
Drama. Mystery | 1960s. Based On A True Story. Politics
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U.S. Presidents (Biopics)
Synopsis / Plot
Real-life New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) sets out to investigate the murder of U.S. president John F. Kennedy. In the process, he discovers an intricate conspiracy involving a group of decadent gay men led by shady businessman Clay Shaw (Tommy Lee Jones), and numerous other co-conspirators, from the Mafia and right-wing Cubans to the CIA and future president Lyndon B. Johnson.

In the meantime, Garrison neglects his loving wife (Sissy Spacek), who keeps reminding him that there’s more to life than solving the mysterious murder of a president. Garrison, however, feels compelled to learn the whole truth, especially since the Earl Warren commission is exposed as a politically motivated fraud. An unnamed general (Donald Sutherland) confides to the D.A. that the truth lies in the political role of the United States’ military-industrial complex, a supremely powerful entity that has overtaken the American government.

Garrison uses the Clay Shaw trial to expose the dangers that are threatening the survival of democracy in the United States.
1991: 2 Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Editing. 8 Nominations
1991: Golden Globes: Best Director (Oliver Stone). 4 Nominations
1992: 2 BAFTA Awards: Best Sound and Editing. 4 Nominations
1991: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
1991: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1991: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
1991: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Screenplay
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