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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The movie was based on Vincent Bugliosi's book "Four Days in November: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy". That book, as noted in the credits, was an excerpt from his book "Reclaiming History", in which he takes a prosecutorial approach to prove that Lee Harvey Oswald carried out the assassination alone, and systematically debunk conspiracy theories. He began the book after serving as the "prosecutor" in the British documentary On Trial: Lee Harvey Oswald (1986), which conducted a jury "trial" of Oswald. Producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Bill Paxton originally bought the rights to the book intending to produce it as a big-budget HBO miniseries. This film is a compromise of the project they had in mind. See more »
Some of the award ribbons on the uniforms of the Air Force officers helping to load the casket onto Air Force One are non-existent in the real Air Force. In addition, of the ribbons on their uniforms that do actually exist, several are not worn in the correct order of precedence. 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 »
I was 12 when President Kennedy was assassinated. Even though I am Canadian, it was a huge deal for us. I remember seeing him and his wife Jacquie coming out of the Church of the Ascension in Westmount Montreal sometime in 1962 or thereabouts. No crowds, no security, you could feel something exciting about him. North America changed profoundly after that. This movie does not put forward any theories about what took place at Dealey Plaza, but it does show with great accuracy how normal people are affected by extraordinary events. No matter how well we are prepared for things, when disaster strikes it takes everyone off guard and chaos ensues. Look at current events and we see the same thing. The mixture of archival footage was done exactly right, so you felt that you were really there. Despite the horrible circumstances, by the simple acts of ordinary people, one could see that not everyone had lost their humanity. The acting was superb, Marcia Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, Paul Giamatti and Zac Efron in particular.
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