DVD Review: JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America

From the director of the Emmy-winning “102 Minutes That Changed America,” JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America is an acclaimed History special which follows in the footsteps of such highly-regarded programs as “The Men Who Killed Kennedy.” Culled from hours of unseen film, tape recordings, and rare firsthand accounts of President Kennedy’s death, HISTORY cuts through the wild conspiracy theories and presents a unique fact-based approach to the Kennedy assassination.

Using firsthand, primary source material, “JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America” strips away years of confusion to allow for a fresh and clear-eyed view of that historic day in November 1963, when a gunman pulled a trigger and forever changed the world. This four-hour special, which drew over 2MM viewers, relies heavily on evidence and facts, exploiting the vast archive of recorded film and photography and presenting it alongside the testimony of eyewitnesses, and is shown as a countdown clock re-creation, ticking inevitably toward Zero Hour – the very moment rifle shots ring out in Dealy Plaza.

Release Date: January 26, 2010
Running Time: 188 Minutes

JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America is a fascinating documentary told in 2 parts detailing the aftermath of President Kennedy’s assassination. The documentary opens with President Kennedy’s last speech in Fort Worth, Texas minutes before heading to Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, follows the Kennedys up to the moments before his death and then begins to show what the public saw on that fateful day in 1963. Viewers see the television airing of As the World Turns being interrupted as news reporters announce the shooting of the President. This is all real footage of the reactions and emotions of the people of not only America, but around the world. This documentary holds a great gathering of news reports, raw civilian home video footage, eyewitness interviews, etc…

I love how this documentary aims to show how America found out, reacted to, and tried to comprehend what happened. It does not promote any theories, it simply presents what Americans saw at the time. Part One focuses on the weekend of the assassination up to President Kennedy’s burial and Lee Harvey Oswald’s burial. Lee Harvey Oswald was a suspect and in custody of the assassination even though he denied shooting the president and as seen, the people just couldn’t wait for him to be tried in court. There is later focus on Jack Ruby possibly being a suspect, but the documentary does not go too much into that. Part Two shows how the assassination was reported and portrayed as the years went on and it is truly heartbreaking to see, as in the years to come, it is touched on that Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were both assassinated as well. The behind the scenes footage on the set of Oliver Stone’s JFK film and the feedback that the film received were to very interesting things to see.

This is an incredibly important part of US history that has been captured so well and should be owned by those who did not witness these key events in the 1960s.

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