|EXECUTIVE ACTION (director: David Miller; screenwriters: Dalton Trumbo/ Rush to Judgment novel by Donald Freed and Mark Lane; cinematographer: Robert Steadman; editors: George Grenville/Irving Lerner; music: Randy Edelman; cast: Burt Lancaster (Farrington), Robert Ryan (Foster), Will Geer (Ferguson), Gilbert Green (Paulitz), John Anderson (Halliday), Paul Carr (Gunman), Colby Chester (Tim), Ed Lauter (Chief), Walter Brooke (Smythe), Oscar Oncidi (Jack Ruby), James MacColl (Lee Harvey Oswald impostor); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Edward Lewis; Warner Bros.; 1973)|
|"The film, a worthwhile watch,
was ignored by both the public and media."
by Dennis Schwartz
dry conspiracy theory drama over the 1963
assassination of President John F.
Kennedy. It's a partly fictionalized version of
historical events directed by David Miller
of Aliens"/"Hail, Hero!"/"Captain Newman, M.D.").
There is actual footage of events used throughout.
It's based on the novel Rush to Judgment
by Donald Freed and Mark Lane.
Dalton Trumbo (the blacklisted writer) writes the
script. The film, a worthwhile watch, was ignored by
both the public and media.
Lancaster, Robert Ryan (his last role) and Will
Geer play a shadowy trio of influential
government-industrial types, right-wingers, who are
the main conspirators in the assassination. They
conclude JFK must be removed from office for his
leftist policies, his civil rights aims and for going
soft on Communism. The gist of the film shows how it
was possible to train assassins and that Lee Harvey
Oswald was used as a dupe to take the blame.
By using the president's speeches as inflammatory
points for the conspirators, we see what got them
This suspenseful film shows that the assassination was never resolved in the minds of the public, as many still believe after the release of the Warren Commission report they don't have all the answers. Mark Lane based his investigation on evidence the Warren Commission refused to hear, and, if nothing else, despite the film's dramatic lapses, it offers a riveting way to look at things that still fascinate a large segment of the public.
REVIEWED ON 2/19/2015 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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