I can’t believe I never saw this movie until just now. Any of the younger generations or others who haven’t seen this should definitely watch it right away. Some of the fine details may or may not be fabricated in order to tell the story, but this drama about Jim Garrison’s (New Orleans District Attorney in the 60’s) investigation into the conspiracy by the ultra-right wing of the American ruling class to assassinate JFK and pull off a coup d’état is spot on. Excellent performances by Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, John Candy, Donald Sutherland and others! The movie is based on the book, On the Trail of the Assassins, by Jim Garrison himself, as well as a book by Jim Marrs, a much more dubious character, but once again, the basic conclusion of the film is undoubtedly true.
In fact, the very first thorough investigation into the JFK assassination that I know of was conducted by a good communist by the name of Joachim Joesten. His book, Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy, first published overseas in 1964, came to the same basic conclusion: the ultra-right wing, racist, primarily Southern elites had Kennedy killed because they feared that he was soft on communism at the very least, and possibly a closet communist himself. JFK’s back channel talks with Khrushchev, his perceived “failure” to stand up to the communists during the Berlin Crisis, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis and finally, perhaps, his American University speech in 63′ would have sealed the deal for the real, down and dirty cold warriors of the day.