Adapted from Vincent Bugliosi’s acclaimed non-fiction book Four Days in November, writer-director Peter Landesman’s debut feature Parkland revisits the fateful events of November 22, 1963 in Dallas. A critically wounded President John F. Kennedy is rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where a trauma team struggled in vain to save his life. Precisely forty-eight hours later after the president’s death, the same hospital personnel found themselves attending to Kennedy’s mortally wounded assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.
Gathering a star-studded cast that includes Zac Efron (At Any Price), Paul Giamatti (Barney’s Version), and Academy Award winners Billy Bob Thornton (Jayne Mansfield’s Car) and Marcia Gay Harden (Into the Wild), Landesman delivers an engrossing ensemble procedural drawn from the accounts of the medical staff, investigators, and ordinary citizens who witnessed the world-changing events first-hand. With exacting precision, Landesman revisits those critical days as experienced by five key figures: Jim Carrico (Efron), a twentyeight- year-old surgical resident and the first physician to tend to Kennedy upon his arrival at Parkland; Forrest Sorrels (Thornton), head of the Dallas bureau of the Secret Service; James Hosty (Ron Livingston), an FBI agent who had been assigned to investigate Oswald prior to Kennedy’s assassination; Oswald’s estranged brother Robert (James Badge Dale); and Abraham Zapruder (Giamatti), whose inadvertent footage of the shooting became the world’s most famous strip of 8mm film.
Also starring Mark Duplass, Colin Hanks, Jacki Weaver and Jackie Earle Haley, Parkland is a superbly acted and richly textured drama that offers remarkable, seldom-reported insights into the event that stunned a nation—and that continues to fascinate fifty years on.
"Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Parkland still has the power to hit you like a fast-moving bus." - Marshall Fine, The Huffington Post
"An absorbing new footnote to a history lesson that will never fade." - Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Methodically and with generally unfailing good restraint, Landesman
re-creates the grief surrounding the crime and the confusion of Oswald's
capture and subsequent murder." - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
Director: Peter Landesman
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thorton, Ron Livingston, James Badge Dale
Runtime: 93 minutes
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