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article imageReview: ‘The Day Kennedy Died’ Special

By Alexander Baron     Nov 16, 2013 in Entertainment
Dallas - Next Friday is the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination. This documentary takes a straight look at that terrible day.
Narrated by A-List actor Kevin Spacey, this is a no-frills, no-nonsense look at the events of November 22, 1963. The documentary makers have fished out many of the people who were actually there, and the story is told through their eyes. These include Russian-speaking Quaker housewife Ruth Paine, under whose roof Oswald's wretched wife was living at the time; the man who drove Oswald to work not suspecting the "curtain rods" his workmate was carrying in a wrapping was really the 20-dollar rifle that would shortly be used for the most spectacular murder in history; a man who was six years old at the time; Mrs Kennedy's Secret Service bodyguard; and the evergreen James Leavelle who at 93 is every bit as bright-eyed as he was the day he was handcuffed to the self-styled patsy.
This is actually a film that requires little in the way of review except to compliment the people who put it together for getting so many of the relevant individuals on camera. Currently on iplayer for the next month, it is already in the Internet Movie Database.
It should not be forgotten that another government official was murdered in Dallas that day, indeed it would be interesting to speculate just how many of the cranks who adhere to the conspiratorial garbage don't even realise that Oswald was arrested initially not for shooting the President but for the cold-blooded execution of a police officer, J.D. Tippit.
Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested not for killing the President but for the cold-blooded execution of p...
Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested not for killing the President but for the cold-blooded execution of police officer J.D. Tippit. After the second murder he fled to a local cinema - the Texas Theatre - where he was arrested by a posse.
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As stated though, this documentary is not about conspiracy, it is about events as they unfolded, and the people involved in them, and fifty years on it manages to give a fresh insight into what happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Even for those of us who remember it first time around.
The Kennedy Assassination was notoriously captured on film by dressmaker Abraham Zapruder. He sold t...
The Kennedy Assassination was notoriously captured on film by dressmaker Abraham Zapruder. He sold the rights for $150,000, a sixth of which he gave to the widow of J.D. Tippit. His camera is held by the US National Archives.
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