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Parkland (2013)

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A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.


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Recounting the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, Parkland weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital; Dallas' chief of the Secret Service; an unwitting cameraman who captured what became the most watched and examined film in history; the FBI agents who nearly had the gunman within their grasp; the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, left to deal with his shattered family; and JFK's security team, witnesses to both the president's death and Vice President Lyndon Johnson's rise to power over a nation whose innocence was forever altered. Written by Exclusive Media Group

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November 22, 1963, 12:38 pm - A trauma patient is rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. His name is President John F. Kennedy. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for bloody sequences of ER trauma procedures, some violent images and language, and smoking throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 October 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Félelmetes nap  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$310,246 (USA) (4 October 2013)


$652,355 (USA) (1 November 2013)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dr. Earl Rose was actually on solid legal ground when he attempted to have Kennedy's body autopsied in Dallas, instead of the Secret Service removing the body. At the time of Kennedy's death, there was no federal jurisdiction over the assassination of a president. If Rose had prevailed, the chain of evidence would have been preserved. Since the Secret Service forcibly removed the casket, what happened to Kennedy's body between the time it left Parkland and arrived at Bethesda Naval Hospital has been the source of great speculation, and led to numerous conspiracy theories. See more »


The Zapruder film is mentioned as being a 'new' format. The film depicted is Kodak's standard 8mm, introduced in 1932. A new 'Super 8' format was introduced in 1965. Kodak's Kodachrome film had processing included in the price, so that the film would only be processed in a Kodak laboratory. Other film processing laboratories usually wouldn't stock the propriety chemicals used to develop Kodachrome film because customers wouldn't be expected to pay for processing twice. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: On November 22, 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, made a political trip to Dallas, Texas with his wife, Jacqueline, and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Title Card: Less than an hour after landing in Dallas, Kennedy was assassinated.
Title Card: This story is based on the true events that took place on that day, and the three that followed.
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Crazy Credits

Although based on a true story and depicting real-life people the end credits state: "All characters in this film are fictional and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental." See more »


Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

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Different angle - fascinating
21 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you think you have seen enough on screen about the assassination, this movie doesn't go into territory covered by previous movies like "JFK". No conspiracy theories or reconstruction of the shooting. Instead its provides you with a detailed fascinating view of the events and people that you don't figure centrally on screen before. What happened at the hospital from the point of view of doctors and nurses - harrowing. Removing the body after death to Air Force One by the secret service. Lee Harvey Oswald's brother and mother and their reaction. Zapruder's filming of the event and the way the film was developed and first viewed. The FBI's first reaction to the shootings and Oswald.

The movie is very well directed. It gives a feel of being in the thick of things. Authentic. The acting is good with a mostly well chosen cast. Zac Efron as the doctor who first attended to JFK. Paul Giamatti as Zapruder. Tom Welling and Billy Bon Thornton as a Secret Service agents. The actor playing Oswald looks like him. A couple of not so good choices. The actress playing Jackie didn't look too much like her. Colin Hanks didn't look like a chief resident doctor.

Overall very interesting. Worth a watch.

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