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Ruby (1992)

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An exploration of certain conspiracy theories surrounding the JFK assassination from Jack Ruby's perspective. Ruby owns a run-down strip club in Dallas, and does what he can for credibility... See full summary »


John Mackenzie


Stephen Davis (play), Stephen Davis (screenplay)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Orsatti Frank Orsatti ... Action Jackson
Sherilyn Fenn ... Candy Cane
Jeffrey Nordling ... Hank
Danny Aiello ... Jack Ruby
Veronica Hart ... Telephone Trixie (as Jane Hamilton)
Maurice Benard ... Diego
Joe Viterelli ... Joseph Valachi
Robert S. Telford Robert S. Telford ... Senator
John Roselius ... Detective Smalls
Louis Eppolito Louis Eppolito ... Detective Taylor
J. Marvin Campbell ... Bus Counter Tender
David Duchovny ... Officer Tippit
Richard C. Sarafian ... Proby (as Richard Sarafian)
Joe Cortese ... Louie Vitali
Marc Lawrence ... Santos Alicante


An exploration of certain conspiracy theories surrounding the JFK assassination from Jack Ruby's perspective. Ruby owns a run-down strip club in Dallas, and does what he can for credibility, both by giving information to the FBI and by doing the odd favor for his mafia contacts. When hitman Action Jackson is hit, Louie Vitali asks him to help get crime boss Santos out of a Cuban jail. When they get back, the bosses take his headliner Candy Cane under their wing to develop her career in Vegas. A mysterious government man named Maxwell expresses his displeasure to Ruby over his Cuban activities. Slowly all the pieces of a massive conspiracy begin to emerge to Ruby, who can do nothing to stop it. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


CIA. Mafia. JFK. Conspiracy. Jack Ruby. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

27 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caso Kennedy, uma Conspiração See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$614,327, 29 March 1992

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In real life, Jack Ruby earned the nickname "Sparky" due to his famous violent temper. See more »


The opening scene with Candy Cane is set in 1962 but behind her on the TV is a speech by JFK. It's JFK's New Frontier speech which was delivered two years earlier at the 1960 Democratic National Convention. See more »


Jack Ruby: [In Cuba] What do you think of Cuba?
Sheryl Ann DuJean: Mmmm... I think it's gonna be swell when they get it finished.
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Alternate Versions

A version of the film aired on the U.S A&E network in the early 2000s removed around 20 minutes of footage including the entire Cuban sequence (and references to it later in the film). See more »


Referenced in London (1994) See more »


Written by Willie Maiden
Performed by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
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It's about Ruby (and nothing else)
8 August 2007 | by manuel-pestalozziSee all my reviews

I did not expect much of this movie, but as a (none too serious) collector of Americana I was pleasantly surprised. The movie Ruby reminded me most of – and which might have inspired the script – is John Cassavete's Killing of a Chinese Bookie – which, in turn, might have been inspired by the life and times of the real Ruby. The biopic Hoffa, scripted by David Mamet, also comes to mind.

The one problem this movie seems to have is that it sits uncomfortably between mainstream cinema and art-house material. This becomes most apparent in the bombastic, completely unsuitable musical score which wants to make some kind of Godfather out of Ruby. But for the rest, this movie is well worth some time of the viewers attention.

It opens with a frontal shot of Ruby's face. He starts talking: „You're sitting somewhere in a motel room, alone and miserable, and the telephone starts ringing". This introduction of a strip act in his club pretty accurately describes Ruby's circumstances. He is a kind of a displaced person who does not seem to belong anywhere, waiting for a call. His activities seem pretty incoherent, his grasp of what is happening around him uncertain. He is proud to be a member of the show business industry, where dreams come true.

Had this movie been less mainstream, I imagine that many scenes concerning the events before the assassination of the President would have had a more dreamlike atmosphere. I would like to believe that a lot of what is going on in the movie is going on uniquely in Ruby's head, the head of a lonely man who is about to loose his sanity and strives to gain a certain presence, a certain stature. The script accommodates such a viewpoint which probably comes closest to Ruby's motives for shooting the man who shot the President.

The acting is mostly very good. Danny Aiello's and Sherilyn Fenn's performances were brilliant, the good chemistry between them makes the relationship between Ruby and his „dream woman" special and heartwarming. It also defines Ruby as someone who cares, probably another motive for his action. I am a big fan of Marc Lawrence who is absolutely terrific as the head mobster. He does not speak more than four or five sentences and yet his presence is awesome. The assassination of the President is reenacted with subtlety and tact – much better than in Stone's JFK. I found the casual way in which the real locations in Dallas were introduced absolutely stunning. The editing between TV stock material and specially filmed details is masterful.

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