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Parkland 2014

Amazon Video

(35) IMDb 6.3/10

PARKLAND is the heart-stopping and powerful true story, never before told, of the people behind the scenes of one of the most scrutinised moments in history, November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Marcia Gay Harden, Matt Barr
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Peter Landesman
Starring Marcia Gay Harden, Matt Barr
Supporting actors Zac Efron, Mallory Moye, Paul Giamatti, Bitsie Tulloch, Ron Livingston, Jason Douglas, David Harbour, James Badge Dale, Larry Jack Dotson, Austin Nichols, Billy Bob Thornton, Jonathan Breck, Eugene Lee, Nico Evers-Swindell, Irene White, Luci Christian, Kat Steffens, Tom Welling
Studio Koch Media
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Dec. 2013
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you were around at that time, like myself you probably do.
The film was of course released to coincide with the forthcoming
anniversary of that chilling day in 'Dallas'
The film portrays the intense and desperate effort at 'Parkland' to
revive the mortally wounded President, followed by events that followed.
The arrest and subsequent killing of the suspect 'Lee Harvey Oswald'
The now famous 'Abraham Zabruder' filming of the entire incident that
he'd filmed from as close as 30 yards away.....what conclusion if any
would the Secret Service make of what had been captured on-film.
The authorities were frantically trying to make sense of what had taken
Perhaps skipped through to quickly, the film is a frantic and intense
account of the days following the incident.
The event remains on of the most talked and argued about happenings of
the 21st century.
Conspiracy Theories are many, could 'Lee Harvey Oswald' have been acting
alone ? ..Could he have got-off those three shots with the weapon he had
in the short time frame available to him ? ...Were other forces at work,
was it a ''HIT'' ?
Why was the body of the slain president removed so quickly from Parkland
hospital ?
There are, almost certainly answers to many of the questions out there, most
secret documents are released for public scrutiny after between 25-50 years
have passed, whatever is known about the JFK assassination will not be
made available for another 25 years............makes one wonder what is really
known about the killing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer on 30 Oct. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
"Parkland" (2013 release; 93 min.) brings the story of the events surrounding John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The movie doesn't waste any time and in the initial scenes we get to briefly meet the various players who'd become intimately involved in the events of that day: the Secret Service guys, the FBI guys, the accidental witnesses to the assassination, the doctors and nurses at Parkland Memorial Hospital, and of course the President and his immediate entourage. The initial 15 min. or so of the movie make ample use of the archive footage that exists from JFK's visit to Forth Worth and Dallas. After being shot, the President is taken to Parkland, where a young doctor (played by Zac Efron) at first is overwhelmed with the task at hand, and then gives his all in trying to save the President's life. A couple of major story lines eventually emerge: Abraham Zapruder (played by Paul Giamatti) films the entire sequence of events with his new 8 mm camera, and quickly gets inundated by the media to get that footage; even more interesting for me is the story line involving Robert Oswald, brother of Lee Harvey, dealing with the fall-out of being associated with/family of the killer of the US President.

Couple of comments: November marks the 50th commemoration of JFK's assassination and while we all know pretty much what happens, this movie does shed some interesting perspectives on what happened immediately after the assassination, including at Parkland. Other than the (sporadic) scenes with Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti or Billy Bob Thornton (as the head of the Dallas Secret Service), the cast is made up of unknowns (for me anyway), and that plays out very well as it gives a more authentic feel to the movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jet Lagged TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The "Parkland" in the title refers to the Parkland Memorial Hospital and what happened there on November 22nd 1963 and subsequent days later.

Nice, understated film. Well worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Jackets on 13 April 2014
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Parkland is unusual in focusing on the person who shot the iconic home movie of Kennedy's assassination and on the hospital staff who treated both Kennedy and Lee-Harvey Oswald after they were shot. Parkland is the name of the hospital where both were brought. The film is very well played out and, by using key background events rather than the assassination itself as the central theme, avoids the documentary leaning of previous films around this event and provides whole new interest to those of us who do remember exactly where we where when we heard that Kennedy had been shot.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Robinson VINE VOICE on 17 Dec. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Of the five reviews currently listed, other than mine, three appear rather hostile and overly critical. The two others have been more generous and awarded the film four stars as have I. These polarised views on anything JFK related seems to be the norm, making it difficult to get a balanced and fair idea of the product.

If you accept the film for what it is, and you have any interest in the JFK legend (conspiracy theorist or not) you will be presented with a high quality production with some brilliantly cast big name stars. The film has a deliberate and consistent documentary feel that conveys the horror and sheer confusion of that fateful day 50 years ago. The production values are superb, as are the performances, but perhaps the actors playing L H Oswald's brother and mother must be picked out for special praise.

At 94 minutes it's a tad short for a feature film. A substantial amount of the book the film is based on is not covered, but it's quite understandable if you've read that brick of a book. However this truncated film version is an adaptation and some editing was essential. However saying that, the makers including Tom Hanks, should be proud of making a truly moving and very watchable film. My wife rarely sees the end credits of a film, usually falling asleep half way through, however she was glued to the TV right to the end credits that included some interesting information on what happened to some of the main characters.

Not quite 5 stats but close.
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