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John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums (1965)

John F. Kennedy's years as president.


Bruce Herschensohn
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Credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maximilian Schell ... (German narrator)
Claus Toksvig Claus Toksvig ... (Danish narrator)


John F. Kennedy's years as president.

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NOW the lightning and thunder of the man called Kennedy echoes across the screen! See more »




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Release Date:

22 January 1965 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Anni di luce giorno di lutto See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Neither Martin Luther King or any other prominent African-American leader appears in the Civil Rights sequence. James Meredith is mentioned but never shown. King is never mentioned in the film. See more »


Offscreen Narrator: It was over. The crime was done. History will take up its cold pen and book, and write in chronological order the events of the day with the date, the time, and the city. But history will be wrong. For there wasn't one date, one time, or one city.
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A powerful eulogy to our late President that still has impact
8 September 2004 | by edallanSee all my reviews

Obviously, coming from Boston and being a Democrat, I'm biased. But despite the passage of four decades, this film holds up very well in content and presentation. Though fully descriptive, Gregory Peck's narrative is not over-blown, and the narration as a whole allows President Kennedy's own words and actions to speak for themselves. Further, the cuts are long enough to provide more than simple "soundbites" or snippets.

This is a film that still has the power to move people, even those who were not yet born and even people who are not American. I have vivid memories of an audience in Ghana in tears in 1971, and even now watching the faces of visitors to the Kennedy Library shows its continuing effectiveness (albeit presumably visitors to the Kennedy Library have a predisposition to view JFK's life and deeds favorably). If you have the chance to see it, you should.

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