On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy fell vistim to an assassins bullet as his motorcade drove through downtown Dallas. The assassination not only took the life of America’s only Catholic president, but also forever altered American politics and society. In memory of the 35th President of the United States of America, DMG Entertainment offers four films to highlight John F. Kennedy’s unforgettable legacy.
PT 109 (1963)
Director: Leslie H. Martinson
Starring: Cliff Robertson, Robert Culp, Ty Hardin
Based on JFK’s biography of his Navy service in World War II; Lt. John F. Kennedy (Cliff Robertson) assembles a ragtag naval crew to operate the warship PT 109. During a nighttime patrol, a Japanese destroyer sinks their ship, forcing the survivors to take shelter on enemy territory. Kennedy and his crew find themselves fighting for their lives while they wait for their rescue.
Lt. Kennedy: Welcome aboard.
Ens. Thom: How long did they give you to put it in shape?
Lt. Kennedy: Well, we’ve used about half the time just talking right here.
Fun Fact: John F. Kennedy‘s personally selected Cliff Robertson to play himself in the film.
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemon
After Kennedy’s death, New Orléans District Attorney Jim Garrison investigates the circumstances surround the president’s assassination. As Garrison becomes more suspicious of the official FBI reports, he realizes he is placing himself and his family in great danger. Despite the risk, Garrison continues his investigation and discovers the motive could be found in the Vietnam War.
Best Quote: Jim Garrison: Telling the truth can be a scary thing sometimes.
Fun Fact: Despite the magnitude of the film, JFK was completely shot in only 72 days.
THIRTEEN DAYS (2000)
Director: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Shawn Driscoll
Based on the actual events; after American spy planes reveal that Soviet nuclear-armed ICBMs have been placed a few miles of the US coast in Cuba, President Kennedy and his cabinet must develop a course of action to preserve the safety of the country, and the world. Over the course of thirteen day in October 1962, Kennedy and his advisors carefully utilize a series of diplomatic and military strategies that pushed the world to the brink of nuclear holocaust.
Best Quote: Kenny O’Donnell: If the sun comes up tomorrow, it is only because of men of good will. And that’s – that’s all there is between us and the devil.
Fun Fact: The majority of the film’s dialogue was taken directly from a series of tapes which recorded Kennedy’s White House meetings.
Director: Peter Landesman
Starring: Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thorton, Paul Giamatti
In Texas on November 22nd, 1963, Dallas’ Parkland Hospital is suddenly thrown into chaos after JFK’s assassination. The lives of the medical staff, Secret Service and witnesses quickly become intertwined in an attempt to investigate the mysterious circumstances behind the President’s death.
Best Line: Gordon Shanklin: This might be, probably is, now that I think about it, the biggest f**k-up in the history of American law enforcement.
Fun Fact: PARKLAND was released on November 22nd 2013, 50 years after JFK’s assassination.
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