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
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Dr. Charles "Jim" Carrico, the resident on duty when John F. Kennedy arrives at the already hectic emergency room, is an overachieving young surgeon just two years out of medical school. Zac Efron's breakout performance in Lee Daniel's The Paperboy (2012) convinced writer-director Peter Landesman that he was right for this role. "I knew Zac could do anything after I saw that film," the director said. "He has no idea how good an actor he is. He's incredible looking and he has been playing to a different demographic in projects like High School Musical (2006). But he is a professional and he came to work. He listened to direction and he gained strength from the amazing performers around him." Carrico was a relative newcomer to Parkland and still learning the ways of the hospital, said Efron. "He starts out pretty cocky and then his day takes a shocking turn. I was able to work with some fantastic surgeons who took me through every step of what happened in the trauma room, so I had great technical guidance." The actor is proud to be a part of the telling of what he sees as an important story. "I really admire and respect this cast so I'm honored to share the screen with them," he said. "And Peter is a great leader, very direct and confident. We didn't film this movie in a typical fashion in any way. He was capturing the action as if he were a fly on the wall. I've never worked this way. You never knew when you were on camera, so you always needed to be prepared. It became a whole different animal, especially in the trauma room." See more »
The O'Neal's ambulance in the ambulance entrance is a 1964 Rambler Classic 770 wagon. The actual vehicle, which was also used when Lee Oswald was shot two days later, was a 1962 Ford Galaxie wagon. See more »
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.
Less than an hour after landing in Dallas, Kennedy was assassinated.
This story is based on the true events that took place on that day, and the three that followed.
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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 »
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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