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Critics might be skeptics, but this drama about the events at the hospital after the shooting gets just about everything right

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Parkland (2013)

Director: Peter Landesman

Entertainment grade: B+

History grade: A

On 22 November 1963, John F Kennedy was shot as he was driven through Dallas, Texas, and died shortly afterwards. He was the fourth president of the United States to be assassinated.


On the fateful morning, FBI and Secret Service men prepare for Kennedy's visit. Members of the public, including home-movie camera enthusiast Abraham Zapruder (Paul Giamatti), look forward to catching a glimpse of their president. At Parkland Hospital, 28-year-old Dr Jim Carrico (Zac Efron) wakes up for his shift and gets on with the important business of flirting with red-headed nurses. The film uses documentary footage and re-enactments to assemble the familiar events of that day: John and Jackie Kennedy »

- Alex von Tunzelmann

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