Tuesday, January 10, 2017


JFK+50:  Volume 7, No. 2185


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) JFK+50 begins the year 2017 with a review of "Jackie" starring Natalie Portman.  "Jackie" is a Fox Searchlight Pictures film directed by Pablo Larrain.

The screenplay was written by Noah Oppenheim.  Released on December 2, 2016, the movie has an "R" rating and lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Moving forward in the film to a scene in Caroline's bedroom at the White House.  Jackie is in conversation with Secret Service agent Clint Hill*.

Jackie asks...

"What do you remember (about the assassination)?  Will you tell me everything.  I need to hear.**

Clint answers...

"I was ten yards back when I heard the first shot.  As my eyes crossed the President's car...(he saw JFK clutch his throat and slump to the left).  I had to get to you to put myself between you and the President and the shooter."***

Jackie asks...

"Who was it?  Was it that Oswald?

Clint says...

"They think so."

Jackie then talks with Nancy Tuckerman about wanting Caroline and John Jr. with her as she leaves the White House with her husband's casket.  Nancy warns her about all the cameras outside and how the photographs "are being broadcast to every corner of the world."

Jackie responds...

"These pictures should record the truth, two heartbroken,  fatherless children as part of it."

*Clinton J. Hill was born in Larimore, North Dakota.  He graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN & afterward served as a US Army Counterintelligence agent.  As a member of the US Secret Service he protected Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson before retiring in 1975.

**Jackie did remember everything up to JFK's being shot in the head...and holding his head in her lap on the ride to Parkland Hospital, but she did not recall climbing out on the trunk of the limo.

***This description is how Clint Hill actually described his reaction.  He was assigned to protect Mrs. Kennedy and was on the running board of the Secret Service follow-up car on her side of the limo.  Mr. Hill reacted quickly but was unable to get up onto the limo before the fatal shot was fired.


"Jackie-Screenplay," by Script Pipeline,

Clint Hill on Presidential Limo
Dallas, Texas
November 22, 1963
Photo by Justin Newman