Movie Pictures

First Look Pictures from JFK Assassination Movie, 'Parkland'

Premiering in Toronto before late September release

Billy Bob Thornton in Parkland
Billy Bob Thornton in Parkland
Photo: Exclusive Releasing

Parkland, the feature directorial debut of Peter Landesman, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month and it recently secured a September 20 U.S. theatrical release date through Exclusive Media's distribution label, Exclusive Releasing. The film recounts the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy focusing on ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances.

USA Today recently premiered five pictures from the film, which stars Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder, the man with the camera, Colin Hanks, Jeremy Strong as Lee Harvey Oswald, Zac Efron as a rookie doctor, Billy Bob Thornton as Forrest Sorrels, the head of Dallas' Secret Service office, Jacki Weaver as Oswald's mother Marguerite and Marcia Gay Harden as the head nurse in the trauma room. The film gets its title from Parkland Memorial Hospital, where Kennedy was taken after being shot.

"This is a movie about the ground truth from the ground level," Landesman told USA Today. "What surprised me was the power and poignancy of those who survived that day and the three that followed -- the heroism, the instincts and the pathos of those swept up in this tsunami. This is an event that happened to individuals."

This is a film I've been interested in ever since it was announced and one I included on my list of 40 Potential Oscar Contenders back in March. I'll definitely be seeing it in Toronto and we'll see how my prediction holds up, but even more important, just hoping it's a great movie.

Here are the rest of those pictures.

Paul Giamatti in Parkland
Paul Giamatti in Parkland
Photo: Exclusive Releasing
Marcia Gay Harden in Parkland
Marcia Gay Harden in Parkland
Photo: Exclusive Releasing
Jeremy Strong in Parkland
Jeremy Strong in Parkland
Photo: Exclusive Releasing
Zac Efron in Parkland
Zac Efron in Parkland
Photo: Exclusive Releasing

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.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    Not even heard of this one before. The plot sounds really interesting - will be sure to keep an eye out for it.

  • Kate

    Not that it makes a difference but the movie will also head to Venice (and play in competition there) before Toronto.

    I hope it turns out to be a good movie.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    yeah it sounds pretty good and i do like the cast especially Marcia Gay Harden who i've adored since Miller's Crossing

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    It sounds like it's trying to be a little like the Emilio Estevez film about Robert Kennedy. God, what was it's name.................

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

      Oh. Bobby. D'oh!.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    This seems like a film that could knock it out of the park, or crash and burn on arrival. Here's hoping to the formal.

    • Ana Grey

      I think it's going to be really good. Showing what happened with the people behind the scenes. But why do you hope that it is formal? What do you mean?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TVsRoss/ TVs Ross

    Seems like it's at least going for an interesting take on the event. I was a little hesitant when I first heard about it, but that might also be because I recently read Libra and don't think anyone can do a better fictional take on the JFK assassination.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    I absolutely loved the JFK movie starring Kevin Costner. It would be interesting to see a different viewpoint in this movie. Hope its good.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/dlhartzog/ david hartzog

    What, finally a film made by and for adults?

    • dslacker

      Yep - that time of year is coming. Films that have zero car chases, explosions, and very little CGI. Robots vs Monsters will be taking a brief break.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    It could be good but for right now I don't have a lot of interest. I'll wait to see a trailer.

  • Eddie Kasica

    Hanks is a reactionary mythomaniac (see Forrest Gump) and this movie will be nothing but an extended MadMen episode wrapped in a garbage dump of lies. And he's really gonna have to pull a rabbit of his bum with this one, since the chump believes in the Lone Nut nonsense AND is focusing here primarily on Parkland Hospital, a place where all the doctors and nurses attending Jack Kennedy agree on two things: an entry wound in the throat; and a massive blow out to the back of JFK's head. Meaning, of course, shots from the front, in addition to whatever was going on in the TSBD (or other locations).

    Jack Kennedy's greatness grows with every passing year, and it sure is good to see all the tributes emerging during this 50th Anniversy year. For anyone truly interested in what was lost that day in Dallas, one needs to read only two books: Thurston Clarke's just published "The Last Hundred Days" and Jim Douglass's "JFK and the Unspeakable." Both masterpieces, Clarke's on the man, Douglass's on the murder.

    In comparison, "Parkland" should be turned into two billion celluloid guitar picks.

    • Ana Grey

      Have you seen the movie? If not, then how can you make these comments? Why don't you at least see it first.

  • Eddie Kasica

    Sorry, Ana. I've read the script and have seen some of the dailies.

    However, since Hanks et. al. have already embraced all the LoneNut lies, this would be fair warning without having read or seen what I have.

    Rather than waste your $20, why not read the Douglass and Clarke books instead?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/dlhartzog/ david hartzog

    JFK is a brilliant, entertaining piece of propaganda the like of which we haven't seen since Triumph of the Will, but that is all it is. The film has a myriad of inaccuracies and outtight lies. Stone meant the film as a way to restart the conversation and get files released, and this happened. Vincent Bugliosi published a massive book a few years ago dealing with all of the issues relating to the murder, and pretty well established that Oswald acted alone.

    • Ana Grey

      Yes, well, you will always have the conspiracy nuts. They came out with the JFK assassination, 9-11, Princess Diana, etc.

      • Ana Grey

        Plus, from what I've read and heard, this movie makes no statement as to whether it was Oswald alone, the mob, or some other conspiracy theory. It tells how the lives of those behind the scenes were affected - the doctors, nurses, secret service agents, etc.

        • Eddie Kasica

          Dead wrong. It is a LoneNut fairy tale.

          People who use the term "conspiracy nuts" use it to hide their total ignorance about THIS case. Not 9/11, Martians, Elvis, Princess Di, or the Flat Earth Society.

          Stop embarrassing yourself, Ms. Grey. Go read a book.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/dlhartzog/ david hartzog

    Apparently the film is based on Vincent Bugliosi's book, that pretty well est. Oswald as the sole assassin. Bugliosi was the Assistant D.A. who tried Manson.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/dlhartzog/ david hartzog

    Read Bugliosi's book. A conspiracy has never been proved. I believe that is Colin Hanks in the movie, not Tom.

    • Eddie Kasica

      I have read Bugliosi's book, all 3,000 pages of it. It is quite a good read. Unfortunately he places blind trust in everything official, and if he does write 3,000 pages of Official Endorsements, he ignores 30,000 pages of "unofficial" evidence.

      Have you read it?

      BTW, Tom Hanks produced the movie and got the financing for it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/dlhartzog/ david hartzog

    I stand behind my earlier comments. There is no need to be uncivil about this. Perhaps we should actually see the film first anyway.