History hasn’t let us think about the blood.
It was all over Jackie Kennedy, the Secret Service Agents and especially the doctors and nurses crowded into that emergency room at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
“Parkland” is a fascinating insider’s view of those fateful two days in November of 1963, when a president was murdered, his assassin was gunned down in custody and generations of conspiracies were born.
Movie preview: 'Parkland'
Journalist turned filmmaker Peter Landesman and a cast of character actors get across the chaos, confusion, the “rush to judgment” and the fearful but determined people who were on the front lines, eyewitnesses to and participants in history.
Zac Efron is the tired and overawed resident on duty when JFK is frantically wheeled in. Colin Hanks (father Tom Hanks’ company produced the film) is the chief surgeon, Dr. Malcolm Perry, summoned from a meeting to join him.
“What is that, a trach?” Dr. Perry says, pointing to the apparent tracheotomy hole in Kennedy’s neck.
“No, it’s a wound.”
Marcia Gay Harden is the cool-under-pressure nurse, Doris Nelson, keeping the doctors focused, rushing to her locker to fetch a crucifix when they have to summon a priest (Jackie Earle Haley).
Paul Giamatti is Abraham Zapruder, the proud, patriotic Kennedy fan who filmed that awful moment on the motorcade route and realizes, through the shock and sadness, that his and his family’s lives will never be the same.
Billy Bob Thornton is Secret Service agent Forrest Sorrels, on task and professional, but furious at what has happened. Ron Livingston is the F.B.I. agent whom Lee Harvey Oswald had threatened just weeks before Kennedy’s arrival and whose actions fuel many “cover-up” conspiracies.