Original theatrical cut runs 189 mins.
Director's Cut runs 206 mins.
Oliver Stone's JFK is an emotional powerhouse that enthralls the viewer from first frame to last. The film follows the investigation that one man, Jim Garrison, led some three years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Here is how I'd rate the film in parts. I watched the film on laserdisc. The first and fourth sides of the film I'd give five stars. The second and third sides I'd give four to four and a half. However, it is the middle of the film that is the most interesting and intellectually stimulating. Of course, it is also those middle sections that contain the parts of the film that bugged me: the family scenes. "You never spend time with your kids anymore. I'm leaving you." Et cetera. Beyond that, though, this is a great film that I would gladly watch again and again.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Panavision)
Rated R for language.
Based on the Books
"On the Trail of the Assassins" by Jim Garrison
and "Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy" by Jim Marrs
Oliver Stone & Zachary Sklar