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

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Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction ( as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.