JFK (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, History, Thriller

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New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.


  • Kevin Costner and Sissy Spacek in JFK (1991)
  • Kevin Costner and Donald Sutherland in JFK (1991)
  • Kevin Costner in JFK (1991)
  • Tommy Lee Jones and Jason Gould at an event for JFK (1991)
  • Tommy Lee Jones at an event for JFK (1991)

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Cast & Crew

Top Billed Cast


Oliver Stone


Oliver Stone (screenplay), Zachary Sklar (screenplay), Jim Garrison (book), Jim Marrs (book)

Did You Know?


The film generated intense controversy upon its release with many accusing Oliver Stone of making up many of the facts. In fact, Stone published an annotated version of his screenplay, in which he justifies and attributes every claim made in the film. Stone ... ...


title card: "To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards of men." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
President Eisenhower: ...We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. And to do this three and a half million men and women are directly engaged...


On the DVD edition, when Jim Garrison and his assistant Lou are in the corner window of the Texas School Book Depository, there is an additional piece discussing more CIA connections. It has been pointed out that, in this scene, they mention "our friend Clay Shaw" although the real name of Clay Bertrand has not yet been discovered. However, "Clay Shaw" is, in fact, already known to Garrison & his crew as an important man and director of the local trade mart (even Garrison's wife knows of him as she states in a scene a few minutes later regarding Mr. Shaw's charity work). It is in this capacity that he is known as "our friend Clay Shaw" who made CIA introductions. What was not known was that the mystery man for whom they were looking, David Ferrie's money-man friend, "Clay Bertrand" & the important, respectable, well-known man about town "Clay Shaw" were one & the same man. This is evident when in almost the very next scene Bill Broussard (Michael Rooker) is shocked when he hears that Bertrand & Shaw are one & the same man and everyone's shock when he announces this news to the investigation group. Though the script is not extraordinarily clear on this point (making it easy to assign this as a continuity goof), it is the connection between these men that is the mystery, not specifically the knowledge of a man named Clay Shaw.

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Opening quote: "To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men." --Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Drama | History | Thriller


Release Date:

20 December 1991


English, Spanish

Country of Origin

France, USA

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,223,658 (USA) (18 August 2012)


$70,405,498 (USA)

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