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Couple of comments: next month marks the 50th commemoration of JFK's assassination and while we all know pretty much what happens, this movie does shed some interesting perspectives on what happened immediately after the assassination, including at Parkland. Other than the (sporadic) scenes with Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti or Billy Bob Thornton (as the head of the Dallas Secret Service), the cast is made up of unknowns (for me anyway), and that plays out very well as it gives a more authentic feel to the movie.Read more ›
The movie is mainly focused on some of the surrounding characters, such as the doctors and staff at Parkland hospital in Dallas (where both JFK and Oswald were taken after being shot), Abraham Zapruder (who famously filmed the shooting of JFK), Forrest Sorrels (the local secret service agent in Dallas), and Oswald's brother and mother. For the most part, the actors all do a very good job and the film is well done, with some historical TV clips included to help move the narrative along and set the proper context. Billy Bob Thornton, as Forrest Sorrels, and the actor portraying Oswald's brother Robert in particular turn in fine performances.Read more ›
PARKLAND (2013) is an inside look at the JFK assassination that shows scenes and examines lives never before represented in a motion picture. It opens mere minutes before the Kennedy limo turns onto Elm St. We see Abe Zapruder (Paul Giamatti) and his secretary cross the street to a platform near the grassy knoll. Abe's viewpoint was 30 yards distant from where the kill shot got JFK. He was a wreck from this traumatic experience and never fully recovered. Referring to JFK, Zapruder told a persistent newspaperman that "his head just flew to pieces."
Soon after, Zapruder's surrounded by agents, including the chief of Dallas Secret Service (Billy Bob Thornton) who flat out demands the film in his 8mm Bell & Howell camera, Instead, Abe and several agents went from lab to TV station trying to find someone to develop the film.
Meanwhile, the dark blue limo has arrived at Parkland at 12:45 pm, five minutes after the shooting. We see JFK placed on a stretcher and whyeeled into an emergency room that immediately was overcrowded with doctors, nurses and JFK's entourage. Every step of their fruitless efforts to keep him alive is shown. Jackie wandewrs in, totally spattered with blood. She hands head nurse Marcia Gay Harden something. We're told it's a piece of skull and brains. Jackie moves to a corner, kneels and prays as last ditch heart massage is about to fail. The nurse goes to her locker and retrieves a large wooden crucifix. She hands it to Father Huber, who's administering last rites on the president's remains. He lays the cross on the chest. Later, after the interior of Air Force One is torn away to accomodate JFK's bronze casket, this crucifix is placed on it.
The detail throughout is just remarkable.Read more ›
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Lately I have been fascinated with the life of JFK. I was recommended this movie by some friends and I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Sarah
Outstanding picture immerses you in the drama and the emotions as the events unfolded the day JFK was assassinated. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S.B.
Anyone who has read up on the Assasination of JFK probably knows most of the stuff in the movie. Even though there wasn't much new to me, it was still a well-done movie.Published 1 month ago by Michael West
This may not be a movie you will be able to watch again and again, but historically, it's a good movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MovieGuy