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


Peter Landesman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcia Gay Harden ... Nurse Doris Nelson
Matt Barr ... Dr. Paul Mikkelson
Zac Efron ... Dr. Charles 'Jim' Carrico
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 ... Orderly


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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November 22, 1963. 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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Did You Know?


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[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 »


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

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Now, nearly 55 years on, and 5 after this film...
30 July 2018 | by d.rustSee all my reviews

Are we any closer to the truth? Has Walter Cronkite suddenly appeared on channel 4 to tell us that it was all just a close call? Did Lee Oswald have his day in court?

We are all damaged goods in the aftermath. Poor Zapruder: the horror in his face as played by Giamatti, he'd never feel pleasure in running his 8mm camera to catch his grandchildren playing. Secret Service agent Sorrells reminding all that they dropped the ball, the sense of shame he must have felt. Hosty, realizing he could have stopped it all if he had only... just ... followed through.

This isn't a time travel story showing how the past can't be changed, or an explanation of how his head travelled "back, and to the left..." Nor is it a parody, with a spit ball travelling "back, and to the left..." or a National Lampoon of the first ten thousand days of JFK.

This is as close to a documentary as could be giving us a horrible taste in our mouths how events can turn cruel, how they can be relentless and how we, those of us who were alive in those days, can be drawn back into it and the fog of remembrance is ripped away, renewed with little details.

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Release Date:

2 October 2013 (France) See more »

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Parkland See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$310,246, 6 October 2013

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SDDS | Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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