First Trailer for JFK Assassination Drama PARKLAND

     August 20, 2013


The first trailer for writer/director Peter Landesman’s upcoming drama Parkland has landed online.  Produced by Tom Hanks, the pic revolves around the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  Parkland Hospital is where Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby all died.   At first blush, Parkland could easily be passed off as a film that simply wants to capitalize on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, especially since it must exist in the same spectrum as Oliver Stone’s 1991 effort JFK, along with the raw imagery of Abraham Zapruder’s historic home movie.  However, this trailer suggests that the film has captured the chaos of the event itself and the ensuing finger-pointing, along with the period-specific aesthetic; let’s hope the decision to focus on Parkland Hospital turns out to be an inspired one.  There are a few hammy moments in this first look, but Paul Giamatti’s performance is certainly one worth watching.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki WeaverJames Badge DaleJackie Earle HaleyRon LivingstonColin HanksTom WellingJeremy Strong, and David Harbour.  Parkland will debut at the Venice Film Festival and hits theaters later this year.

Watch the first trailer for Parkland below (via Yahoo! Movies):

Here’s the official synopsis for Parkland:

PARKLAND recounts the dramatic true story of the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd 1963.



  • MoviesAreForever88

    Looks amazing.

  • Pietro Filipponi

    There’s Paul Giamatti’s best supporting actor Oscar

    • Scullibundo

      I laughed. Good one.

    • jackoswolfpack

      man we can only hope. He’s done crap before but he needs to win at least once same goes for Leonardo DiCaprio

    • MITIOR

      I think he acts the same in every movie.

    • Papi

      James Badge Dale

      • Baby Jean

        I always thought his name was an underrated tongue twister…

  • axalon

    Am I the only one who felt that came off really melodramatic?

    The movie concept looks great though!

    • MITIOR

      I agree. Also i hated the part that says “the most important man in the world”


        Justin Bieber?

      • axalon

        They were practically saying “THIS MOVIE IS IMPORTANT”

      • Nerdgasm

        I Don’t think you really understand what JFK really meant to the United States and to the world. The man was and still is unmatched. That line is very fitting for the time since everyone held him such high regard even if not FULLY around the world it would be the slip of ignorance of the person who would say that to actually believe that were true cause many people did.

      • Baby Jean

        Like a subtle nod for Oscar season (~_~)

  • carley

    because zac efron is around oscar nominated and winning actors makes me think it has a big chance of getting a nomination. on the other hand it has some pretty stiff competition and looks a little too melodramatic.

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  • Jimmy B

    The only difference between Parkland and Oliver Stone’s JFK is that Parkland is the bigger melodrama. And that is saying a lot if you know that JFK had Kevin Costner.


    It’s the story you know!
    The tale that you’ve seen!
    Just in time for Awards season!


    Clever use of the “breathing machine sound” at the end as if he was ever hooked up to one of them.

  • Nate B.

    This I will go see, fairly pumped.

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  • Baby Jean

    This actually looks pretty good. Maybe a tad over-dramatized, but that’s what they gotta do to sell it.

  • poppincherry

    another goddam oscar fluff piece. zzzzzzzz.

  • non

    Efron gets first billing in the trailer and poster over the Oscar winners / noms???!!!

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