Movie Review: ‘A Coup in Camelot’ A Riveting Doc On the JFK Assassination


Director: Stephen Goetsch
Writer: Art Van Kampen
Narrator: Peter Coyote
Featuring interviews with Sherry Fiester, Douglas Horne, Dr. David Mantik, Vince Palamara, Dick Russell, Barry Ernest and Jerry Dealey.

A COUP IN CAMELOT is a new, high-quality addition to the line of documentaries examining the assassination of John F. Kennedy. While the material is hardly new, this particular documentary digs deeper than ever before. Through archival footage, modern forensics and a panel of historians, researchers and physicians, audiences get great insight into the events leading up to and following the assassination.

Why did the Secret Service break from standard protocol? Why the lack of effort after Kennedy’s death? What was done with his body between Dallas Parkland and Bethesda? These questions join countless others still unanswered after half-a-century, including details of the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald, the autopsy and altered reports, a new analysis of the shot(s) that took place in Dallas on that 1963 afternoon and more.

President-John-F-KennedyLike most documentaries covering the JFK assassination, the filmmakers don’t expect every presented theory to be equally plausible. One of A COUP IN CAMELOT’s strengths is it explores all angles and ultimately leaves the viewers to believe what they want to believe. As with any good documentary, nothing is force-fed. Goetsch and Kampen calmly accumulate all the evidence gathered over the years and present it to the audience in a clear and orderly fashion.

A COUP IN CAMELOT contains great interviews, wonderful footage and top-notch editing and graphics. This documentary is a must-see for Kennedy enthusiasts.

A COUP IN CAMELOT is holding its Dallas premiere at The Texas Theatre on Sunday at 5 p.m. All information regarding the screening can be found at

About author

Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.