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Parkland (2013)

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A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

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Peter Landesman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcia Gay Harden ... Nurse Doris Nelson
Matt Barr ... Dr. Paul Mikkelson
Zac Efron ... Dr. Charles 'Jim' Carrico
Mallory Moye Mallory Moye ... Emergency Room Nurse
Paul Giamatti ... Abraham Zapruder
Elizabeth Tulloch ... Marilyn Sitzman (as Bitsie Tulloch)
Ron Livingston ... James Hosty
Jason Douglas ... Ken Howe
David Harbour ... Gordon Shanklin
James Badge Dale ... Robert Oswald
Larry Jack Dotson ... Acme Brick Supervisor
Austin Nichols ... Emory Roberts
Billy Bob Thornton ... Forrest Sorrels
Jonathan Breck ... Winston Lawson
Eugene Lee Eugene Lee ... Orderly
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Storyline

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 Exclusive Media Group

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On November 22, 1963, JFK was assassinated. This is the story of what happened next. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for bloody sequences of ER trauma procedures, some violent images and language, and smoking throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Félelmetes nap See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$310,246, 6 October 2013

Gross USA:

$653,651

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,412,181
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SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The children of actress Marcia Gay Harden and writer-director Peter Landesman attended the same school. The pair knew and admired each other before Harden was cast as Nurse Nelson. Landesman said: "Nurse Nelson is present in virtually every moment of the hospital thread. There are not a lot of lines, but as you watch the movie, it's clear that she's leading the charge. I needed someone with Marcia's presence and power. She also brought things to this role that I didn't anticipate. She moved me to tears a number of times." See more »

Goofs

The telephone handset that Dr. Carrico uses in the residents' lounge has a modern plug. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: 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.
Title Card: Less than an hour after landing in Dallas, Kennedy was assassinated.
Title Card: This story is based on the true events that took place on that day, and the three that followed.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #1.42 (2015) See more »

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Good docudrama, but no real plot
5 October 2013 | by dbwilyumzSee all my reviews

Parkland is well done with an excellent cast. It is also an odd movie because it has no "plot". It's a docudrama, re-enacting a series of scenes and incidents. There's no story arc, no real character development or transformation.

The character with the most "story" is Abraham Zapruder, who is affected by the experience, and we see it. Many of the other characters are just there, doing what they do. Zac Efron is kind of wasted in his role as surgical resident Dr. Jim Carrico, because he just does surgical-resident stuff; the script doesn't exploit any of his charms.

Parkland is tightly paced, for the most part, but sags a bit toward the end, because there actually is no end, just the last incident. They had to fall back on an audio wrap-up by Walter Cronkite and pull the lens out of focus to close it up.

Conspiracy theorists will find no solace here, because this movie is about the people who weren't part of the crime.


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