Die besten Zitate aus JFK

Als vor genau 50 Jahren am 22. November 1963 der amerikanische Präsident John F. Kennedy in Dallas erschossen wurde, verlor die Welt einen Hoffnungsträger. Die Diskussion darüber, wer der Täter war, dauert bis heute an. War es der selbst ernannte Marxist Lee Harvey Oswald, der Kennedy als Einzeltäter ermordete? Oder wurde JFK Opfer einer Verschwörung, hinter der wahlweise die CIA, der KGB, die Exilkubaner, die Mafia, der militärisch-industrielle Komplex oder alle zusammen standen? Regisseur Oliver Stone entschied sich für die letzte Variante und präsentierte in „JFK“ (1991) ein buntes Potpourri von Verschwörungstheorien. Kevin Costner müht sich als Staatanwalt Jim Garrison Licht ins Dunkel zu bringen. „JFK“ ist nach wie vor einer der besten Filme Stones, ein rasant geschnittenes Gewitter aus authentischem Filmmaterial und Spielszenen. Hier die besten Zitate – im Original, denn Stones saftige Dialoge verlieren in der Synchronisation viel an Schärfe.


X (Donald Sutherland): “The organizing principle of any society, Mr. Garrison, is for war. The authority of the state over its people resides in its war powers. Kennedy wanted to end the Cold War in his second term. He wanted to call off the moon race and cooperate with the Soviets. He signed a treaty to ban nuclear testing. He refused to invade Cuba in 1962. He set out to withdraw from Vietnam. But all that ended on the 22nd of November, 1963.”

Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner): “The war is the biggest business in America, worth $ 80 billion a year”

Jim Garrison: “The Warren Commission thought they had an open-and-shut case. Three bullets, one assassin. But two unpredictable things happened that day that made it virtually impossible. One, the eight-millimeter home movie taken by Abraham Zapruder while standing by the grassy knoll. Two, the third wounded man, James Tague, who was knicked by a fragment, standing near the triple underpass. The time frame, five point six seconds, determined by the Zapruder film, left no possibility of a fourth shot. So the shot or fragment that left a superficial wound on Tague’s cheek had to come from the three shots fired from the sixth floor depository. That leaves just two bullets. And we know one of them was the fatal head shot that killed Kennedy. So now a single bullet remains. A single bullet now has to account for the remaining seven wounds in Kennedy and Connelly. But rather than admit to a conspiracy or investigate further, the Warren Commission chose to endorse the theory put forth by an ambitious junior counselor, Arlen Spector, one of the grossest lies ever forced on the American people. We’ve come to know it as the ‘Magic Bullet Theory.’ This single-bullet explanation is the foundation of the Warren Commission’s claim of a lone assassin. Once you conclude the magic bullet could not create all seven of those wounds, you’d have to conclude that there was a fourth shot and a second rifle. And if there was a second rifleman, then by definition, there had to be a conspiracy.”

David Ferrie (Joe Pesci): “Oh man, why don’t you fuckin’ stop it? Shit, this is too fuckin’ big for you, you know that? Who did the president, who killed Kennedy, fuck man! It’s a mystery! It’s a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma! The fuckin’ shooters don’t even know! Don’t you get it?”

Jim Garrison: “I never realized Kennedy was so dangerous to the establishment. Is that why?”
X: “Well that’s the real question, isn’t it? Why? The how and the who is just scenery for the public. Oswald, Ruby, Cuba, the Mafia. Keeps ‘em guessing like some kind of parlor game, prevents ‘em from asking the most important question: why? Why was Kennedy killed? Who benefited? Who has the power to cover it up? Who?“

Willie O’Keefe (Kevin Bacon): “You don’t know shit ‘cause you’ve never been fucked in the ass!”

Jim Garrison: “Could the Mob change the parade route, Bill, or eliminate the protection for the President? Could the Mob send Oswald to Russia and get him back? Could the Mob get the FBI the CIA, and the Dallas Police to make a mess of the investigation? Could the Mob appoint the Warren Commission to cover it up? Could the Mob wreck the autopsy? Could the Mob influence the national media to go to sleep? And since when has the Mob used anything but .38’s for hits, up close. The Mob wouldn’t have the guts or the power for something of this magnitude. Assassins need payrolls, orders, times, schedules. This was a military-style ambush from start to finish… a coup d’etat with Lyndon Johnson waiting in the wings.”

Jim Garrison: “Thank you for your time, David. I’m sorry this has to end inconveniently for you but I am going to have to detain you for further questioning by the FBI.”
David Ferrie: “Why, what’s wrong?”
Jim Garrison: “David, I find your story simply not believable.”
David Ferrie: “Really? What part?”

Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Howard): “Just get me the election; I’ll give you your damn war.”

Jerry Johnson (John Larroquette): “You know, I must say, we have heard some strange things coming out of your office in New Orleans. First, we heard that the Cuban exiles killed the President. Then the mob. Now your latest theory seems to be that the CIA, the FBI, and the Pentagon, and the White House, all combined in some elaborate conspiracy to kill John Kennedy. Let me ask you, is there anyone besides Lee Harvey Oswald who you think didn’t conspire to kill the president?”Similar Posts: