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Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963)

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The home movie footage that caught the assassination of the American President, John F. Kennedy.

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Uncredited cast:
Charles Brehm ...
Himself (onlooker, with son) (uncredited)
Howard Brennan ...
Himself (onlooker) (uncredited)
John Connally ...
Himself (uncredited)
Nellie Connally ...
Herself (uncredited)
William Greer ...
Himself (driver) (uncredited)
Bobby Hargis ...
Himself (policeman, on motorcycle) (uncredited)
George W. Hickey ...
Himself (in following limousine, in back seat) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
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Himself (uncredited)
Jean Hill ...
Herself (onlooker, in red coat) (uncredited)
Roy Kellerman ...
Himself (beside Greer) (uncredited)
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Herself (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited)
Samuel A. Kinney ...
Himself (driver, in following limousine) (uncredited)
Paul E. Landis ...
Himself - in following limousine, behind Ready) (only in extended frame version) (uncredited)
B.J. Martin ...
Himself (policeman, on motorcycle) (uncredited)
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President John F. Kennedy is shown riding in an open-top car with his wife and several others, waving at crowds on the sidewalk. He is hit by a bullet and clutches his throat as the others react with surprise. Another shot hits Kennedy in the head and he collapses. A Secret Service agent runs up to the car, and Mrs. Kennedy climbs onto the trunk to pull him aboard as the car speeds away. Written by Eric Sorensen

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The National Archives stored the film on behalf of Zapruder's heirs, but has since used eminent domain compensation to appropriate the film and now owns the original outright. See more »

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Being a home movie, this film has no credits. See more »

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Referenced in Dr. T and the Women (2000) See more »

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Perhaps the Most Important Footage in History
22 November 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963)

It's impossible to "review" this 39-second clip but I think it's safe to say it's probably the most shocking and violent footage that was out there up until 9/11 hit. There's no denying the importance of this film and it's easy to say it's one of the most important bits of footage ever captured and one really has to wonder what would history be like had Abraham Zapruder not been there in Dallas that day filming. I mean, can you imagine if this footage was never shot or if it was never released to the public? These 39-seconds are without question rather hard to watch and it's just amazing that all the key moments of the assassination are captured and at such a good location. I've heard rumors from various conspiracy theories that there's actually more footage but there were bits and pieces removed that clearly showed that there were more shots fired. How true this here actually is will never be know just like the countless other theories out there. There's no audio but that's probably a good thing. Can you imagine the screams and all the chaos that would have been captured even perhaps the words of Zapruder?


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