The JFK assassination is portrayed in chilling fashion in the first trailer for the feature “Parkland” which was released today. And there is no more sensitive and controversial subject matter than the killing of the 35th President, John F. Kennedy, in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. That’s why watching this trailer is not just mere entertainment, but the revisiting of one of the most tragic events in our nation’s history.
Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are the producers of the movie which was helmed by writer/director Peter Landesman (“Kill the Messenger”). Zac Efron plays Jim Carrico the doctor who was tasked with trying to save JFK’s life. Ron Livingston is FBI agent James Hosty who is burdened with guilt for letting Oslwald slip through the agency’s fingers. The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Welling, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, Gil Bellows and Jacki Weaver.
“Parkland” is loosely based on the book, “Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy” by attorney Vincent Bugliosi, who is a believer in the lone gunman theory. The plot is a recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day President Kennedy was assassinated. The disturbing incident was captured by Abraham Zapruder (Giamatti) standing atop a concrete pedestal on Elm Street using his 8mm Bell & Howell camera. The footage later became famously known as the ‘Zapruder Film’.
For you history buffs, the film’s title was derived from Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas where Kennedy was taken after he was shot during his ‘top-down’ motorcade through Dealey Plaza. The hospital is best known for its association to the deaths of three individuals associated with the Kennedy assassination; President Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald (the alleged lone gunman in the President’s assassination) and Jack Ruby (Oswald’s assassin).
The movie will be released in theaters on September 20th by Exclusive Media Group.