Best JFK films

JFK, Thirteen Days, Virtual JFK, The Fog of War, The Searchers, Executive Action


JFK is probably the only Hollywood film to receive a massive media attack long before it was released in theaters. Some political writers claim that talking about cutting Social Security benefits is the "third rail of politics" (touch that and you are politically dead). Discussing covert operations of government is the real "third rail."

JFK compresses an enormous amount of material into a three hour film. A few minor characters are composites but a full telling of the story would be far too long for a movie. The conclusion of the film -- the military industrial complex removed Kennedy from office because he wanted to end permanent war -- is correct and the reason the media from The Washington Post to the television networks to The Nation and Noam Chomsky united to defend the official lie of the Warren Commission.

JFK is best seen in combination with Thirteen Days, Kevin Costner's "pre-quel" to JFK (he plays the lead role in both films although neither film explicitly mentions the other). Thirteen Days is a reenactment of the Cuban Missile Crisis that shows some of the motivation for the removal of President Kennedy -- he refused to attack Cuba and worked out a back channel deal with the Soviet Union to defuse the crisis. His behavior was partly reckless but he refused to let the generals wage full scale war, and they got their revenge in Dallas.

from the film JFK:
I never realized Kennedy was so dangerous to the establishment. Is that why?

That's the real question, isn't it - "Why?" - the "how" is just "scenery" for the suckers ... Oswald, Ruby, Cuba, Mafia, it keeps people guessing like a parlor game, but it prevents them from asking the most important question - Why? Why was Kennedy killed? Who benefitted? Who has the power to cover it up?

13 Days


The Searchers


JFK: A President Betrayed

JFK: A President Betrayed Synopsis

The Kennedy Administration, the golden days of our American "Camelot", is one of the most written about and popular periods of American history. But there is one profound and moving story still waiting to be told.

JFK: A President Betrayed uncovers new evidence that reveals how President John F. Kennedy boldly reversed deeply entrenched pro-war government policy to embark on secret back-channel peace efforts with Russian President Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and other "enemies" of the United States. The film raises many questions as to whom his real enemies were.

JFK: A President Betrayed offers a poignant look at the 35th president’s desperate, solitary struggle to mitigate armed conflict and makes clear the extent to which he risked political capital - and, ultimately, his life - to pull the world back from the brink of war and possible nuclear annihilation. Featuring new, probing interviews with advisors to Kennedy and Khrushchev, JFK: A President Betrayed is a meticulously well-researched portrait of a president who refused the counsel of powerful, hawkish government officials advocating for, among other things, a U.S. nuclear strike against the Soviet Union. Instead, Kennedy learned to trust his gut - instincts forged by the considerable suffering he experienced during the Second World War, and tested by the early crises of his administration.


"the best screen depiction of Kennedy's foreign policy that I know of"
JFK: A President Betrayed
Reviewed by James DiEugenio
Posted November 4, 2014.

Black Op Radio
Show #774
Original airdate: March 17, 2016
Guests: Cory Taylor / Jim DiEugenio
Topics: JFK: A President Betrayed / Assassination research

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JFK: A President Betrayed, Agora Productions
Cory's dad was an RFK campaign chairman in California
Oliver Stone and James Douglass had deep impacts on Cory
What could we establish in the record for there to be a motive?
Len is very impressed with the story telling of the film
Two years research prior to production, over 60 books read
The challenge, what to leave out, so much material
A synopsis, not a script, but a blueprint
Include leading questions in your interviews
Kennedy staff, eye witnesses, historians, academics, authors
The film is narrated by Morgan Freeman
Len appreciates the scope and accuracy of the film
The generation that won the Second World War
Kennedy's style was so contradictory
LeMay's war hawk mentality was born out of real experience
Surprising, how much credit that Nikita Khrushchev deserves
Some of the other Joint Chiefs were just as bad if not worse
Dean Acheson personifies a looking down on Kennedy
Kennedy's commitment to peace using back channels
Senator Kennedy understood Vietnam was not going to be successful
Averell Harriman, John Galbraith, a Vietnam cable not sent
Norman Cousins was to meet with Khrushchev
Kennedy message, no more serious partner in pursuit of peace
The Improbable Triumvirate: (Cousins 1972)
Cousins daughters are in the film, and original photos
Vienna Summit translators Viktor Sukhodrev and Alexander Akalovsky
A majority of interviewees do not indulge a conspiracy
Each American has to decide for themselves
LBJ choices, Cuba, Intelligence/Military conspiracy, or whitewash
Astounding the amount of information researchers have uncovered
1953 footage of Senator Kennedy talking about Vietnam
Kennedy was pursuing a dialogue with Fidel Castro, Jean Daniel
A lot of DVD extras, more details on Vietnam
The film affirms that John Kennedy had certain qualities of leadership
A peaceful world, really inspiring, what he was trying to do
People working for the greater good develop enemies
Cory is working on the early period of the Nazi party,


The Fog of War

The Fog of War is a profile of Robert McNamara, the Secretary of "Defense" for JFK and LBJ. McNamara admits they did not know the Cuban military had been given short range nuclear weapons by the Soviets. If the US had invaded in October, 1962, the Cubans would have nuked the invading soldiers, which would have triggered a full scale nuclear war.

from the film "The Fog of War"

Robert McNamara:

October 2nd. I had returned from Vietnam. At that time, we had 16,000 military advisors. I recommended to President Kennedy and the Security Council that we establish a plan and an objective of removing all of them within two years.

October 2nd, 1963

Kennedy: The advantage to taking them out is?

McNamara: We can say to the Congress and people that we do have a plan for reducing the exposure of U.S. combat personnel.

Kennedy: My only reservation about it is if the war doesn't continue to go well, it will look like we were overly optimistic.

McNamara: We need a way to get out of Vietnam, and this is a way of doing it.

Kennedy announced we were going to pull out all of our military advisors by the end of '65 and we were going to take 1000 out by the end of '63 and we did. But, there was a coup in South Vietnam. Diem was overthrown and he and his brother were killed.

I was present with the President when together we received information of that coup. I've never seen him more upset. He totally blanched. President Kenndy and I had tremendous problems with Diem, but my God, he was the authority, he was the head of state. And he was overthrown by a military coup. And Kennedy knew and I knew, that to some degree, the U.S. government was responsible for that. ....

I am inclined to believe that if Kennedy had lived, he would have made a difference. I don't think we would have had 500,000 men there.


Virtual JFK

Virtual JFK is an examination of the evidence that President Kennedy had ordered the withdrawal of US troops from Viet Nam. Unfortunately, it does not connect the dots to November 22, 1963.


Executive Action

1973 movie that views like a low budget version of Oliver Stone's JFK. It may (or may not) still be posted to YouTube. Mark Lane, one of the early JFK researchers, was a co-author for the script. - by Mark Robinowitz - updated December 17, 2017