Parkland

Parkland

Streaming Video - 2013
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November 22, 1963 is a day that changed the world forever when beloved American President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. PARKLAND is the true story behind that tragic day, told from the vantage point of individuals who are forced to make split-second decisions after this incomprehensible event that will change the world's landscape forever: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, the chief of the Dallas Secret Service, the unwitting cameraman who captured what has become the most examined film in history, the FBI Agents who had gunman Lee Harvey Oswald within their grasp and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson who had to take control of a country in a moment's notice. Thrust into a scenario with unimaginable consequences, these key figures respond with shock, outrage, determination and courage. Woven together, their seemingly disparate perspectives create one of the most thrilling and powerful stories never told.

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surrey10149
Oct 14, 2016

A bunch of very good actors...with their talents totally wasted on this film. Boring, uninspired... Great potential with the cast, but, fell way short....... Don't bother with this one !!

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erinsnest
Jul 21, 2016

July 20 2016.....I didn't like this, in fact I fell asleep during the middle. Interesting comments below! I won't recommend this film to my friends.....!

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Gary Geiserman
Aug 12, 2015

Interesting audio/video to talk about. I could say that as a piece of film-making it is very well done. And to keep an eye on Peter Landesman’s other work. While all that is true, here in an audio/video reality
‘making’ is not what it once might have been… >>>>> I’ve heard vr is coming back; why was it detained some capitalist where? >>><< Landesman is straight and a grassy knoll denier. How does this effect a cinema verte? (feels very off-putting knowing this propaganda roams the media range—of course, media and everything else is an illusion I don’t want to make too real for myself). >>>>> Very good video work, very exciting, nice guerrilla process, excellent editing. It’s propaganda. Leni what’s her name. So rare to get propaganda done by an artist. BETTER WATCH OUT! JEEZ…. Great subtle work catching nuances etc. IS EVERY SECOND OF FOOTAGE A LIE? Or are the lies juxtaposed and even bigger than the film entire (you know, gestalt and synergy). Or are the lies merely strewn throughout like ads in a podcast? >>>><< Little moron propaganda Republican Christian-fascist-style not. >><<>> I’m afraid of myself having watched this film. >>>> Is it so long after ’63 that it is open season for lying to youth? I saw a “Nova” recently on PBS (funded partly by the Koch Bros) totally debunking arguments saying Oswald couldn’t have fired 3 great shots. Posner had a book a ways back. ><><> Hey, I’d know if I killed myself who did it. At least.

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nuttypro
May 29, 2015

Parkland is a historical drama that will resurrect memories of the awful weekend of 22 November 1963 for those who were alive then. It was just after lunch. I was in fifth grade. We were having an English lesson. Suddenly the principal came to the classroom to announce that President Kennedy had been shot in Texas. (My school had no intercom.) I recall a classmate speculating that the President was supposed to go hunting that weekend with the vice president and that he may have been shot on the hunting trip. Already the conspiracy theories were circulating! A few minutes later the principal returned to say that the president was dead. We had no call for a moment of silence or prayer. School continued pretty much as usual. I remember my mother picking me up at school that day because she was off work. She drove me home. I turned on the TV and as I watched the news began to cry. Two days later (Sunday morning) I was on the back porch steps cracking rocks with a hammer when my mother came to the door and said "Oswald's been shot." I rushed into the house and there it was on live TV, Oswald's death replayed over and over.

It's no surprise then that the historical drama Parkland held me spellbound. It captured the horror, anger, sadness and confusion of the events in Dallas in a way that kept my attention and brought back these and other memories of that weekend. I was particularly impressed by the performance of Billy Bob Thornton as a Secret Service agent and Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder, the man who filmed the assassination.

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firefly5
Apr 28, 2015

Good movie. The chaos and disbelief of the events is well shown. Robert Oswald's confusion by his brother's actions and his stoic helpfulness to his mother (who seems crazy to me) and the wife and children left behind is to be admired. Showing the events from the doctors and nurses perspective was well done. I would recommend this movie.

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AQUILEA777
Nov 24, 2014

Misleading but less so than most coverup productions. Assumes lone-Oswald theory. In commentary, director ridicules conspiracy "nonsense" and "mythology".

Wallows in maudlin irrelevancies, skips decisive facts.

Gives Oswald appearance of Arab terrorist. Shows public assumption of his guilt per pre-arranged announcement and media deluge. Omits footage of real Oswald's convincing denial, which had to be stopped by Ruby.

Makes Zapruder a hero, but shows only a bit of his film -- too little for full effect of head slammed back by shot from front. (Zapruder film was suppressed for years. Apparently a better film, taken by woman from across street and including the fence, was confiscated and suppressed completely.)

Shows armed Secret Service assault on hospital after failing utterly to protect JFK.

Shows LBJ's demand for body, armed theft thereof before legitimate forensic autopsy could be performed, and farcical pretense that usurper LBJ was himself in danger.

Shows lawless FBI destruction of evidence. (Can anyone doubt other evidence was altered?) Deleted scenes show FBI agent squirming with Oswald, and SS detail chief wanting not to hear of FBI-Oswald tie.

Shows government effort to get a confession from the dying Oswald, but omits LBJ's phone call to one of the doctors demanding it.

The inclusion of these embarrassments gives the film an appearance of objectivity. But it omits the decisive facts: (1) Several witnesses saw shots being fired from fence on grassy knoll, and many more heard them or felt the bullets whiz over their heads. (2) Patrolman Baker's encounter with Oswald on second floor excluded him as shooter (see detailed critique of this point in my comment to book version of PARKLAND). (3) The seven treating surgeons thought throat had entrance wound, and back of head was blown out by bullet exiting.

Film shows Oswald's mother as flaky in claiming he secretly worked for the Government, implying only cranks could think that. But in fact there was a connection. The CIA ran many expendable stringers. In his last mission, Oswald was used as a scapegoat.

In any case, PARKLAND is a dismal film, almost unwatchably tedious, with unconvincing acting and lethargic direction and editing. It maintains a mushy, soap opera atmosphere of false emotion, as heartstricken mourners smother their grief in cigarette smoke.

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StarGladiator
Oct 30, 2014

This garbage is not a fictional documentary, simply fiction. Instead of taking apart this crapfest, as other commenters have already done so competently, let's examine what the so-called news reporters and so-called journalists couldn't tell us: the family backgrounds of Ruth and Michael Paine, who rented living space and helped Oswald obtain his position with the Texas School Book Depository. Ruth Paine's sister and brother-in-law were both career CIA; Ruth was related to John Foster Dulles through his wife, Janet Avery on the Avery side, which meant she was also related to the Rockefeller family. Ruth's father, William Avery Hyde, knew George De Mohrenschildt who belonged to the Dallas Council on World Affairs, along with CIA's man in Dallas, J. Walton Moore, who had worked at the FBI office in D.C. with CIA Italy station chief, William Harvey, another former FBI man, for five years and it was through De Mohrenschildt that Ruth met the Oswalds.
Michael [Cabot, Forbes, Dudley] Paine was related to Henry Cabot Lodge, ambassador to Vietnam and about to be fired by President Kennedy and Michael worked for Walter Dornberger, former Nazi general who was brought to the USA under Operation Paper Clip by Allen Dulles. And Michael's non-blood-related aunt, his mother's best friend, was the mistress to Allen Dulles!
If all those so-called newsies couldn't tell us the basics, can you begin to imagine what else they couldn't tell us?
[Example from the Warren Commission Report {so-called witness, a waitress, Helen Louise Markham, giving a so-called positive ID on Oswald as the murderer of Officer Tippit}:
W.C.: So you walked into the room and viewed the lineup. Did you recognize the murderer?
Helen Markham: No, I didn't see him.
And thus, ladies and gentlemen, we have a positive ID!!!!! The other witnesses excluded described two older males fleeing the scene, one described sounded exactly like Jack Ruby, and they were running in the direction of Ruby's apartment, situated two blocks away. And who worked in the afternoon and evenings in that theater? Officer Tippit, after he got off his police shift - - which was why Oswald was there waiting for him, his police contact!]

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Chgo_Reader
Sep 08, 2014

This film is best appreciated by those who are already familiar with the events of that day. If you are not, I can see how it might seem chaotic and confusing. When you think about it, that is how it must have seemed to those living out the events of that day so, overall, a good film.

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rslade
Aug 14, 2014

Some good moments, but overall confusing and not very entertaining or illuminating.

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hammer59
Jul 14, 2014

Parkland is a well made film that reveals various truths surrounding the tragic but obscured reality regarding the assassination of JFK. The actors performances are heartfelt and credible. I think that this is an important film for the thinking person to watch, especially for the baby boomers. The bitter irony is that the Presidents that have followed JFK are ridiculous in comparison to him, yet he was murdered in a backwards craphole called Dallas Texas.

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jimg2000
May 08, 2014

Tonight, there will be few Americans
who will go to bed
without carrying with them the sense that somehow
they have failed If in the search
of our conscience we find a new dedication
to the American concept that brook no political, sectional,
religious or racial divisions. And it may yet be possible to
say that John Fitzgerald Kennedy did not die in vain That's the way it is,
Monday, November 25th, 1963 This is Walter Cronkite.
Good night

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jimg2000
May 08, 2014

By the Washington clock, at a little
after 1 o'clock this afternoon,
President Kennedy was alive as any human
being ever gets, young, strong, vigorous
looking forward to, no doubt, 5 more
years, he hoped of leadership in this country
and of the western world.
There is no more news here tonight,
and really no more to say except that was has happened today has been
just too much, too ugly, and too fast.

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jimg2000
May 05, 2014

Roy Kellerman: The president is coming with us. ---

Lem Johns: Where are we putting the coffin?

Col. James Swindal: I don't know. I never thought about it.

Lem Johns: We're not flying it below like a piece of luggage.

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Monolith
Jan 12, 2014

Abraham Zapruder (debating with the Life magazine rep on the ethics of publishing the kill shot frames of his film of President Kennedy's motorcade): "...It was a very undignified end for a *very* dignified man!"

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Apr 19, 2014

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