Declassified FBI and CIA documents help director Paul Davids unravel the puzzle of Marilyn Monroe's demise, which was officially ruled a "probable suicide," while providing detailed evidence supporting the conclusion that Marilyn was murdered.
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This is a superbly executed expose of all aspects of the death of Marilyn Monroe - carefully describing her personal history with fascinating anecdotes from people who knew her. But that is only part of the story - I am haunted by this story because I realized after watching this history of her murder, that she really was murdered. The case was made and proven circumstantially exactly how the murder was done and then covered up. What haunts me is realizing from her story just how deeply corrupted our government was by 1962. A bewitchingly beautiful woman becomes the mistress of President JFK only to be handed off like a favorite toy to his brother, Robert Kennedy. I guess I was under the spell that somehow the presidency of JFK represented some kind of a Camelot that was lost after he was assassinated. Now I can only view our history in terms of competing centers of wealth and power. And back to the focus, Marilyn was murdered when she threatened the whole corrupt system; the CIA outsourced the hit through the Mob. We live so much further down the Rabbit Hole than I thought even with what I know of the Roswell Cover-Up. Paul Davids, this is a masterpiece of film telling an extremely important story, but you sure didn't make me feel any better about the world we inhabit and the dark forces at work behind the scenes. For anyone who loves film, history, or cares about what is really going on in this country, this is a must see film.
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2019
A startling film that is long overdue that implicates a CIA's head honcho of counter intelligence, the FBI's Hoover, an Attorney General of the United States, a President, and the Mob shown like never before. Marilyn Monroe's death for a long time remained shrouded in mystery and pronounced a probable suicide. Many Americans alive in the sixties, and those born afterwards, myself included, never bought this explanation due to her relationship with the Kennedy brothers and the web of lies does indeed extend way beyond suicide and was a homicide. The Coroner Noguchi didn't believe it was a suicide, and he has the forensic evidence. You just have to watch this to realize how big the cover up was. The murder case, at one point, was almost re-opened in 1993 only to be quashed. Now, using documents requested under freedom of information act laws and eyewitness testimony, the producers of this documentary prove Ms. Monroe was murdered. The crime scene was staged, the players involved in the cover up are exposed. While some of the documentary seemed fanciful at times, what was not was the testimony and documents from Coroners, to family members, to decorated police. At times, this seemed a little outlandish and I would have only given it four stars due to some of it, but the theories it presents involving different agencies, people, and outfits are solid and plausible. It really is not flattering to many parties in American high society and I'm a little embarrassed it took a non-American to look deeper into the mystery, nay, abyss that was the CIA, FBI, mob and Kennedys. A tragic story of someone caught in a repugnant trap by politicians who threatened to extricate herself.
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2016
A little gem of a movie, a bit too schmaltzy and self-indulgent on the frills, but it nails Marilyn Monroe's death as a murder, shows who committed it and roughly why, and illustrates that state-sponsored assassinations are far more commonplace than most Americans are willing to acknowledge. Supposedly a suicide from barbiturates, Nembutal in particular, Monroe's blood level was two to three times the amount that could have been produced by an oral overdose; there were no undissolved pills in her stomach, nor any crystal residue; the trademark yellow dye from the pills was absent from her stomach but discolored her colon; and crucial lab test were conveniently lost by LAPD. The story is simple. Both Kennedy's had finished with her as a bed mate, and each had said far too much to her about sensitive subjects. The FBI tapped her phone, knew that she planned a tell-all press conference that would embarrass the CIA, so the Agency contracted with the Mob's Sam Giancana for the hit which was done by administering a fatal enema directly into her colon just as his relatives state in their book, "Double Cross." The cover-up involved the LAPD coroner, the DA, and the supervising detectives working with LAPD intelligence. An ugly story that reveals the underlying criminality of our government. RFK's assassination also involved LAPD complicity, for which see "The Second Gun" by Ted Charach on You Tube.
watched Marilyn Monroe declassified. It pretty much confirmed what I learned before, but added a bit more substance and also explained the fall of the Kennedies and the takeover by LBJ. In brief, Chicago mafia helped the election of JFK, he and Bobby hired them to kill Castro, that linked the mafia to CIA. Then Bobby tried to bring the mafia down. Both JFK and Bobby were involved with Marilyn. When Marilyn wanted to leak the alien secret to the press, CIA used Chicago mafia to kill her, and later JFK and Bobby. I am still uncertain how much LBJ was involved and why did he step down. Also, I wonder, if the myth of her addictions is true. Maybe there was something else, say related to aliens?
5.0 out of 5 starsBEAUTIFULLY RESEARCHED, DEEPLY SATISFYING -- DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION AT ITS FINEST!
Reviewed in Canada on February 6, 2017
This DVD has the most up-to-date information on what ACTUALLY happened to Marilyn Monroe. The research of the producer is wonderfully extensive, and it's a gripping documentary from start to finish.
Names are named, recently de-classified documents are photographed, and many witnesses whose stories had been buried for years have had their testimonies updated and brought to light.
All throughout, there is footage of Marilyn herself -- glimpses of her career and personal life -- and it never fails as breathtaking eye-candy for Marilyn's devotees and those just now discovering her. A VERY VALUABLE DOCUMENTARY, well worth the price and sure to become a classic.
There is a couple of added bonus features that are valuable as well. Absolutely recommended!
If you were hoping to find some new insights into the death of Marilyn Monroe, whether she actually committed suicide or whether it was murder...you won't find it here. The DVD has some nice pictures of The Goddess and two interesting interviews with men who knew her but I've seen better documentaries on PBS and other networks about her final days and what actually happened.