THE TRIAL OF LEE HARVEY OSWALD (1964)













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Movie Synopsis:


Larry Buchanan directed and co-authored "The Trial Of Lee Harvey Oswald", which premiered in a Wisconsin movie theater on April 22, 1964, just five months to
the day after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on the
streets of Dallas, Texas.

This courtroom drama is all the more fascinating due to the fact it was made so very soon after the President's death. And if Lee Oswald had not himself been murdered just two days after JFK was killed, then many of the scenes we see played out in this film just might have actually taken place inside a real courtroom in Dallas.

This film is not to be confused with the 1977 television movie of the exact same title. Nor should it be confused with the 1986 TV docu-trial "On Trial: Lee Harvey Oswald".






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"A somewhat rarely-seen mock trial that is actually quite good is Larry Buchanan's 1964 courtroom movie, 'The Trial Of Lee Harvey Oswald'. .... There are very few blatant errors in the movie. One mistake is when the prosecutor elicits testimony from a witness that indicated that all three of the bullets that were fired by Lee Oswald during the assassination were recovered and were in evidence at the trial. Another major error contained in the film is when the actor portraying one of JFK's autopsy doctors says that the bullet which entered JFK's upper back did not exit his body, and that the throat wound was a result of a fragmented portion of the bullet that struck the President's head. But those errors regarding the President's wounds are understandable from the point-of-view of the filmmakers, due to the lack of additional information concerning the facts which overwhelmingly support the Single-Bullet Theory, which is information that Buchanan did not have by the time his low-budget film was rushed into theaters in April of '64. .... All things considered, 'The Trial Of Lee Harvey Oswald' is remarkably accurate in most of the details pertaining to the death of JFK. And one of the most refreshing things about the movie is that Lee Oswald is not perceived by the defense to be an innocent patsy who was framed to take the fall by evil and unknown outside forces. Even Oswald's own lawyer concedes the possibility (or even the probability) of his client being guilty of killing the President. Otherwise, there would have been
no need for the defense to have entered an additional plea of
'Not guilty by reason of existing insanity'."

-- David Von Pein; February 2012











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