If you think that Oliver Stone invented the "political paranoia" movie, take a glance at Executive Action sometime. Based on Mark Lane's Rush to Judgment, the conspiracy theorist's bible, Executive Action perpetuates the popular urban legend that John F. Kennedy was assassinated at the behest of a right-wing cartel with military and industrial interests. The film further hypothesizes that Lee Harvey Oswald not only didn't pull the trigger, but was also set up as a disposable dupe (this notion wasn't even new in 1973). Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan and Will Geer play the sinister conspirators. In the film's coda, still photos of 18 witnesses to the assassination are shown, while the accompanying text informs us that all of these people had died between 1963 and 1973. We are further told that the odds against this coincidence are one in a trillion. When Oliver Stone's thematically similar JFK came out in 1991, viewers with long memories were quick to notice the eerie similarities between the Stone film and Executive Action -- right down to choice of camera angles. Hmmm....a conspiracy, perhaps? ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
This movie was way ahead of its time . Proably closer to the truth than most Americans dare to think . Mark Lane who tried to represent Oswald at the Warren Commission hearings knew alot about the cover up and the powers tied to to killing of Kennedy . We will never know who pulled the trigger , but this gives us some insight into how abuse of power works and the danger of crossing those who hold such power.
The director has done a great job with this film, it maybe low-budget but its shows how well the white power structure can get away with murder. The framing of Oswald, Route Changes, communications blackout and the death of so many witnesses following the death of Kennedy. If you like JFK then you will love this movie.
A film well ahead of it's time, very well written and directed with a great cast including Burt Lancaster and Robert Ryan. This was the first film about the JFK assassination and among the first to visually illustrate the plausibility of the same. But it also goes into the so-called elite and intelligence powers behind the scenes in a way no one has done before or since. Read "Family of Secrets" for some interesting facts that prove the validity of the film's thesis.