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Parkland - The JFK Assassination Story [Blu-ray]

Zac Efron , Tom Welling , Peter Landesman    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Zac Efron, Tom Welling, James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, Paul Giamatti
  • Directors: Peter Landesman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Koch Media
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H8NJZ76
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,346 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Dramatic retelling of former US President John F. Kennedy's assassination directed by Peter Landesman. Captured on camera by amateur film-maker and photographer Abraham Zapruder (Paul Giamatti), Kennedy (Brett Stimely)'s assassination was an event which shocked the whole world. A firm believer in the need for a transparent government, Kennedy had made as many friends as he had enemies which led to speculation on the identity of his killer, widely thought to have been a lone gunman. Following the events of his shooting and showing the people who had come into contact with him afterwards, including the doctors and staff of Parkland Hospital in Dallas, the film also recounts the manhunt by Agent Forrest Sorrels (Billy Bob Thornton) of the Secret Service for the president's apparent killer, former US Marine and Soviet defector Lee Harvey Oswald (Jeremy Strong).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars YOUR MOTHER IS A PIECE OF WORK 3 Mar 2014
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a film about the known events of the day Kennedy was shot and the days that followed. It uses film footage from the era as well. The movie centers on three lives: Abraham Zapruder (Paul Giamatti) who shot the famous film; Robert Oswald (James Badge Dale) Lee Harvy's (Jeremy Strong) brother; and Dr. Charles 'Jim' Carrico (Zac Efron) the one guy of the three who worked at Parkland Hospital.

The film doesn't add anything new to the discussion. It is a well made docu-drama, but as someone too familiar with the events and people involved, I found it on the boring side. The film included scenes such as getting the film developed, cleaning up the aftermath of the hospital, and removing seats from Air Force One. A younger generation who only know the event from history books might find the film more interesting and entertaining.

Too little, too slow, too boring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated 25 April 2014
By Richard
This film is about the assassination of US President John F Kennedy but cetainly isnt a conspiracy thriller. Oliver Stone made that film back in 91, this is something a bit different.

The film is more of a glossy look at certain characters and how they were affected that day in November 1963. The doctors/nurses, Secret Service agents, the FBI, Abraham Zapruder (who shot that famous footage of the shooting) and Lee Harvey Oswalds family are all featured. You probably wont find out much you dont already know about events but its still an enjoyable overview of a traumatic few days. Personally I found the glimpse inside the Oswald family the most interesting, his shrill mother and reserved brother being two of the more memorable characters.

The Dallas of 63 is excellently realised and the way they've used real footage from the events is very effective. The acting is mostly top notch as you would expect from this impressive cast list. The film also draws interesting comparisons between the deaths of Kennedy and Oswald - showing the same medical team from Parkland hospital fighting to save both lives (at different times and to different extent) and between the two starkly different funerals.

Overall, an interesting effort I thought.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film with new angle 17 July 2014
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New angle on the story that has never been answered.
Good acting and a easy watchable film--if you are interested in Kennedy ,then its worth checking out this film which covers the hospital angle .
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'NOVEMBER 22nd 1963' 27 Feb 2014
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
A date that will never be forgotten.
I, and several others reviewed this film after receiving it direct from the U.S.
usually all reviews for a product are thrown together, for some reason this
has been separated.
If you have interest in the controversy surrounding the issues that will never
go away regarding the J.F.K killing and what followed, this is a sound purchase,
if you look at the reviews for the 'Import' 'Parkland' of which mine is one, it
may help your decision on whether to buy or not.
I hope this is of help to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not really Parkland 20 Aug 2014
This is a fine movie although far, I suspect, from being the last word on JFK's assassination. My issues are that although the movie is called 'Parkland' and spends a bit of time at 'Parkland Hospital' more time is spent following a variety of interesting, but not strictly Parkland or medical or hospital back stories - Zapruder, Oswald's mother, Oswald's brother and the local secret service guy collectively get substantially more screen time. 'Parkland' as a title is a bit misleading. I was looking forward to more of a doctors and nurses procedural autopsy type treatment that perhaps implied, but did not confirm, a whiff of conspiracy. There may still be room for another movie that does just that. Particularly now that Jackie Kennedy's estate are to release some conspiracy-laden audio tapes that she made. But notwithstanding the above, I thoroughly enjoyed Parkland. It is a worthy addition to the JFK canon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, the humanity 23 April 2014
By BigAl82
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Whilst never quite reaching the heights of JFK (this is NOT a conspiracy film) this film still delivers the goods with a wonderful cast really selling the trauma of that day. I was moved.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars curiously uninvolving 3 April 2014
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Having read the reviews, I knew Lee Harvey Oswald would not have the courtesy of 'alleged' before assassin and, given the immediacy of the events filmed, his brother seemed quick off the mark to condemn him. But as I am (still) reading Manchester's Death of a President, I wanted to get a visual feel for those historic moments, hence buying the DVD.

Unfortunately, it was curiously uninvolving - except right at the end, oddly at Oswald's funeral, which is why I gave it an extra star.

I realise the film is primarily about Parkland, the hospital, and the events therein. Manchester is a gifted writer who knows how to spin out the smallest details, yet JFK being brought in and then casketed out raced by in the film. There was no sense of how a short amount of time could also, paradoxically, seem quite long (which is what Manchester seemingly achieved in his book). Except for the exaggerated thumping of Kennedy's chest by Carrico. The Efron performance looked like he was trying to bash any remaining life out of Kennedy, not resuscitate his fading heart.

Also based on the Manchester book, Jackie was not the hysteric portrayed here. If anything, most reports are that she was calm and even polite, and highly insistent on being with her husband at all times.

So much apparently seemed to happen at Parkland that this 'video clip, does a disservice to that.

Would I recommend you buy it? Probably not.
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