Oliver Stone’s JFK was under assault for its interpretation of history before it was even released. The film follows district attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner), who puts a businessman on trial for plotting with Lee Harvey Oswald and others to kill President John F. Kennedy. It’s a riveting account of a number of often complex conspiracy theories about who shot JFK and why. According to the movie, it was possibly some combination of the U.S. government, the Mafia, the CIA, the Dallas Police Department, Cuban leader Fidel Castro and even President Lyndon B. Johnson. Many took immediate offense to the movie’s loose, sometimes psychedelic, account of history. One key scene, involving a character named “X” (Donald Sutherland), who spills out most of the conspiracy’s details, almost certainly never took place. Critics of the real-life Garrison assert that he was just trying to gain publicity for himself, knew that his case had no validity, and proceeded regardless despite knowing that it would ruin a man’s reputation.
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