Killing Kennedy (film)
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Killing Kennedy Film
Killing Kennedy
Killing Kennedy promotional poster.jpg
Promotional poster for the US premiere
Genre Docudrama
Based on Killing Kennedy
by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Screenplay by Kelly Masterson
Directed by Nelson McCormick
Starring Rob Lowe
Will Rothhaar
Ginnifer Goodwin
Michelle Trachtenberg
Theme music composer Geoff Zanelli
Country of origin United States
Original English
Larry Rapaport
Cinematography Stephen St. John
Editor(s) Adam Wolfe
Running time 92 min (net runtime)
Production Scott Free Productions
Original network Nat Geo US
Original release
  • November 10, 2013 (2013-11-10) (US)

Killing Kennedy is 2013 American television film, based on the 2012 non-fiction book of the same title by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, and starring Rob Lowe, Will Rothhaar, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Michelle Trachtenberg. The movie dramatizes the presidency and assassination of John F. Kennedy, as well as the life of Lee Harvey Oswald in the years leading up to the assassination.

It premiered in the US and Canada on National Geographic Channel on November 10, 2013,[1] followed by the various European National Geographic channels a few days later.[2][3][4][5][6] It was first shown on terrestrial TV in the UK by Channel 4 on November 23. 2013.

Plot summary

The plot follows the rise of John F. Kennedy (Rob Lowe) as he becomes President of the United States. As Kennedy's career shapes, Lee Harvey Oswald (Will Rothhaar), a former Marine, begins to grow disillusioned with America. Their paths ultimately cross and results in Oswald's assassination of Kennedy.

Main cast


After the success of Killing Lincoln, National Geographic Channel announced it would produce a film adaptation of Killing Kennedy.[7][8] In May 2013, it was announced that Rob Lowe was to play President John F. Kennedy, Ginnifer Goodwin would play First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy,[9][10] and Michelle Trachtenberg would portray Lee Harvey Oswald's wife Marina Oswald.[11] Goodwin used intimate photos to better portray Jackie Kennedy and was concerned "to do her justice and to play her as accurately as possible without ever doing an impression of her."[12] Costar Rob Lowe said of seeing Goodwin in the pink Chanel suit, "It made it real. If I were under any illusions about what we were doing, seeing her in that iconic moment was, I would say, sobering."[13] While portraying Marina Oswald, Trachtenberg consulted her Russian-born mother for help in speaking Russian.[14]


On its original airing, it drew in 3,354,000 viewers, averaging a 1.1 rating with adults in the 25-54 demographic. The viewership broke the record previously held by Killing Lincoln which averaged 3,351,000 viewers.[15]

Critical response

Killing Kennedy received mixed to negative reviews from both viewers and critics.[16][17][18][19][]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominee Result
2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Movie/Miniseries Killing Kennedy Nominated
Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directing - Television Film Nelson McCormick Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Rob Lowe Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award Long Form - Adaptation Kelly Masterson Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Television Movie Nominated
Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie Stephen St. John Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or A Movie William Britt, Mark Linden & Tara Paul Nominated


  1. ^ "TV listings, November 10, 2013, at 8:00pm: Killing Kennedy". National Geographic Canada. Retrieved 2013. 
  2. ^ "TV listings, November 12, 2013, at 9:00pm: Killing Kennedy". National Geographic UK. Retrieved 2013. 
  3. ^ "TV listings, November 17, 2013, at 22:00: Killing Kennedy". National Geographic Denmark. Retrieved 2013. 
  4. ^ "TV listings, November 17, 2013, at 22:00: Kennedy-mordet". National Geographic Sweden. Retrieved 2013. 
  5. ^ "TV listings, November 20, 2013, at 20:40: Killing Kennedy". National Geographic France. Retrieved 2013. 
  6. ^ "TV listings, November 22, 2013, at 21:05: Killing Kennedy". National Geographic Germany. Retrieved 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing Lincoln' Sets NatGeo Ratings Record". Inquistir, Ld. The Inquistir. February 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  8. ^ Hibberd, James (February 18, 2013). "'Killing Lincoln' gives NatGeo record ratings". Entertainment Weekly Inc.. Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ Hibberd, James (May 28, 2013). "Rob Lowe to play JFK in Nat Geo movie". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013. 
  10. ^ Barnes, Bronwyn (June 20, 2013). "Who makes a better Jackie Kennedy: Ginnifer Goodwin or Katie Holmes? -- POLL". Entertainment Weekly. 
  11. ^ Hibberd, James (May 28, 2013). "Rob Lowe to play JFK in Nat Geo movie". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013. 
  12. ^ Truitt, Brian (November 10, 2013). "Ginnifer Goodwin channels Jackie Kennedy's intimate side". USA Today. 
  13. ^ "'Killing Kennedy': Co-star Ginnifer Goodwin says Rob Lowe was channeling JFK". Fox News. November 8, 2013. 
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  15. ^ O'Connell, Michael (November 11, 2013). "TV Ratings: 'Killing Kennedy' Edges Past 'Killing Lincoln' Record With 3.4 Million Viewers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014. 
  16. ^ Carson, Tom (November 8, 2013). "The GQ Review: Killing Kennedys Is Way More Fun Than The Zillion Other JFK Biopics". 
  17. ^ Miller, Bruce (November 9, 2013). "Review: 'Killing Kennedy' offers respectful but grating view of assassination". 
  18. ^ Lloyd, Robert (November 8, 2013). "Review: 'Killing Kennedy' is not the stuff of legend". Los Angeles Times. 
  19. ^ Lowry, Brian (November 5, 2013). "TV Review: 'Killing Kennedy'". Variety. 

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