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November 22nd, 1963 was a day that changed the world forever – when young American President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. We follow in almost real time a handful of individuals forced to make split-second decisions after this incomprehensible event that would change their lives and forever alter our world’s landscape: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, the chief of the Dallas Secret Service, the unwitting cameraman who captured what has become the most watched and examined film in history, the FBI Agents who had gunman Lee Harvey Oswald within their grasp and Vice President Lyndon Johnson who had to take control of a country in a moment’s notice. Thrust into a scenario of unprecedented drama with unimaginable consequences, these key characters respond with shock, outrage, determination and courage. Woven together, their seemingly disparate perspectives make one of the most thrilling and powerful stories never told. From producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman and writer/director Peter Landesman, Parkland is the true story behind a tragic day in history you thought you knew, but didn’t, and couldn’t, until now… 50 years later.
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy has inspired a mountain of speculative dissections and re-creations, most notably Oliver Stone's propulsive conspiracy grab-bag JFK. The measured Parkland serves as a polar opposite to Stone's earlier historical frenzy, delivering an admirably clear-eyed look at the events that occurred. Taking its title from the Dallas county hospital, it downplays the How and Why in favor of the actual What, detailing the bystanders and onlookers whose lives were forever changed on 11/22/63. Inspired by Vincent Bugliosi's book Reclaiming History, writer-director Peter Landesman begins with the chaos of Dealey Plaza and then expands outward, assuming the viewpoints of those caught in the traumatic wake, including the determined hospital workers (Zac Efron and Marcia Gay Harden), an amateur photographer (Paul Giamatti as a terrifically twitchy Abraham Zapruder), and a dogged FBI agent (Ron Livingston) haunted by his prior knowledge of the assassin's identity. Landesman, a former journalist making his directorial debut, does a commendable job in juggling the multiple characters, although the sheer amount of information on display does admittedly give the film a dry, procedural air at times. (Thank goodness for Billy Bob Thornton, as Secret Service Agent Forrest Sorrels, who kicks things back into high gear with a rousing, ear-popping outburst.) Historical fidelity aside, the best reason to see Parkland belongs to the great character actor James Badge Dale, who gives a devastatingly naturalistic performance as Lee Harvey Oswald's brother Robert, an ordinary man all too aware of the catastrophic events unfolding around him. He can see the future, and his family's place in it. --Andrew WrightSee all Editorial Reviews
The JFK assassination. Not a new topic for Hollywood. “Parkland”, however, gives us new perspective on the traumatic events of November 22-25, 1963 as they were experienced by... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Everett
This is an excellent movie with superb acting and I felt like I learned many things watching it. In fact checking it sounds like they were quite historically accurate also. Read morePublished 10 days ago by M. Schwalm
This film is just a rehashed Warren Commission. Tom Hanks needs to stop rewriting history. This awful movie has caused me to boycott any Tom Hanks production. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Steve Mayhall
interesting, told from the POV of the hospital physicians on duty during those tumultuous several days in Dallas. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Bob Justman
This movie is so interesting to watch. On one of our worst days as a nation and having grown up then, it's fascinating to see how events unfolded on the day of President Kennedys... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Marcia L Sousa
The movie was excellent, the streaming from amazon was terrible. Movie kept stopping giving us a low internet range error message, but we have no problem ever streaming other... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Jane C.