Following JFK comes RUBY, about Jack Ruby, the infamous Dallas burlesque joint owner who shot Lee Harvey Oswald. As the movie opens, President Kennedy’s crusade against the Mafia has pushed them up against the wall. In Cuba, Castro has also hit hard, so the mob sends Ruby to bring back aging kingpin Santos, whom Castro jailed. After foiling a murder attempt on Santos (which annoys the CIA), Ruby is drawn into the Mafia’s web. At the same time, the bosses take advantage of Ruby’s star, Candy Cane, by planting her in JFK’s bed. Ruby slowly realizes that the mob has cut him out, so he kills Oswald to provoke an investigation which will give him the chance to tell what “really” happened. Instead, he has to either plead insanity, or he goes to death row. He pleads insanity and from then on no one takes him seriously. So, he languishes in custody until his death in 1967.
RUBY does a good job of establishing Ruby’s low ironic point of view. Also, RUBY’s premise of a Mafia plot on Kennedy’s life seems more plausible than Oliver Stone’s implication of almost the entire U.S. government. However, the language, violence and striptease gyrations override this film’s contribution to illuminating the infamous weekend in Dallas.
(LLL, VV, S, N, M) Approximately 35 obscenities and 2 profanities; man shot in forehead, prolonged view of gangland murder victim, graphic re-enactment of John F. Kennedy's assassination, re-enactment of Lee Harvey Oswald's assassination similar to news footage, & one fist fight; sexual immorality implied; partial nudity in striptease acts; and, frequent alcohol consumption.