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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 camera that Abraham Zapruder used in the filming was a mechanical, spring-wound, 8-millimeter Bell & Howell Model 414PD Zoomatic Director, with a Varamat 9-27mm f1.8 zoom lens, set for full close-up. The film was Kodachrome II color stock running at 18.3 frames per second. The footage runs for 26 seconds, which is remarkable because each winding of the camera's mainspring lasts only 30 seconds. See more »

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The Stuff (or Snuff) of Legends.
21 September 2001 | by (Perth, Western Australia) – See all my reviews

This is quite possibly the most monumental piece of live footage ever captured by an amateur photographer. The film of JFK's fatal shooting is, in itself, not particularly entertaining or interesting unless it is in a re-mastered and "shake-free" form. However, the impact of this film on the controversy surrounding one of the most famous assassinations in world history cannot be denied.

The best showcase for this piece of film can be found in Oliver Stone's brilliant film, JFK.


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