Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald
|Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald|
|Written by||Steve Bello|
|Directed by||Robert Dornhelm|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||88 minutes|
|Production company||Elliot Friedgen & Company|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television|
Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald is a 1993 American biographical drama television film directed by Robert Dornhelm and starring Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Picardo, and Frank Whaley. It tells the story of Marina Oswald (played by Bonham Carter), the widow of Kennedy's assassin Lee Harvey Oswald (played by Whaley).
The film marked the 30th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which occurred on November 22, 1963. Bonham Carter earned her first Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance. Whaley had previously played an imposter of Lee Harvey Oswald in Oliver Stone's JFK (1991).
The story focuses on Marina Oswald (Helena Bonham Carter), the wife of Lee Harvey Oswald. Barely able to speak English, she is thrust into questioning by David Lifton (Robert Picardo). It portrays deep sadness, and explores the story of a woman ending up alone in a foreign country, subjected to considerable shunning, even after her remarriage.
The story is based on the widow of Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President Kennedy. Via flashbacks, the story traces the woman's life from her days in the Soviet Union, the turmoil following the assassination, raising her family, and coming to grips with the fact that, she too, may have been a pawn in a grand conspiracy.
- Helena Bonham Carter as Marina Oswald
- Robert Picardo as David Lifton
- Frank Whaley as Lee Harvey Oswald
- Bill Bolender as George de Mohrenschildt
- Brandon Smith as Kenneth Porter
- Lisa Renee Wilson as Rachel Porter
- Deborah Dawn Slaboda as Julie Porter
- Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė as Lubya
- Vladimir Ilyin as Uncle
- Quenby Bakke as Janet Williams
- Norman Bennett as Funeral Director
- Rodger Boyce as 2nd Agent
- Cliff Stephens as 1st Agent
- Alan Ackles as TV Host
- Randall Bonifay as 2nd FBI Guard
- Darryl Cox as 1st FBI Guard
In a review for the Los Angeles Times, Howard Rosenberg wrote: "“Fatal Deception” appears to say nothing that hasn’t already been said ad infinitum during the nation’s nonstop dialogue concerning Kennedy and his assassination. All in all, it seems like just another bump on a very long log." Drew Voros of Variety called it "a slow-mover for a topic that has been covered over and over again".
Awards and nominations
|1994||51st Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||Helena Bonham Carter||Nominated|||
- Voros, Drew (November 14, 1993). "Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald". Variety. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
- Rosenberg, Howard (November 15, 1993). "TV REVIEW: Mrs. Oswald's 'Fatal' Conspiracy Theory". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
- Stone, Oliver (December 20, 1991), JFK (Drama, History, Thriller), Warner Bros., Canal+, New Regency Productions, retrieved February 23, 2022
- Rosenberg, Howard (November 15, 1993). "TV REVIEW : Mrs. Oswald's 'Fatal' Conspiracy Theory". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 4, 2022.
- Voros, Drew (November 14, 1993). "Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald". Variety. Retrieved August 4, 2022.
- "Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald". Golden Globes. Retrieved May 26, 2021.