10 Insane Ways Movies Have Influenced Real Life

4. JFK Leads To Greater Governmental Transparency

JFKThe Movie: Oliver Stone's incendiary movie which subscribes to the theory that President John F. Kennedy's assassination was covered-up, as told by former New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner). The Reality: Though Stone received much flak for making outrageous accusations - such as suggesting that former President Lyndon B. Johnson may have been in on Kennedy's murder - the film captured the public's imagination, and led to the creation of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 as well as the assembly of the U.S. Assassination Records Review Board. The aim was to de-mistify the events of that day, signalling a never before seen sense of transparency between the government and its people. With classified documents being made public every year, the final papers will all be in our grasp in just 4 years.

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