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Watch: Trailer For JFK Assassination Drama 'Parkland' Produced By Tom Hanks, Starring Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron & More

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 21, 2013 9:21 AM
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When it comes the assassination of JFK, it's still one of the most sensitive wounds in America's history, with a recent study suggesting that only 24% of Americans buy the official story that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman. Another case will be made for that theory with the upcoming "Parkland," a star-studded take on the events of November 22, 1963, and director Peter Landesman is making clear his intentions. "This is a movie about the ground truth from the ground level," he told USA Today.

To help him accomplish that goal, the helmer has rounded up a pretty solid cast, with Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron, Tom Welling, James Badge Dale, Jacki Weaver, Jackie Earle Haley, Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden and Bitsie Tulloch all on board the movie that's based on the book "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy" by Vincent Bugliosi. As you might expect from a movie with this kind of subject matter, controversy won't be too far behind. In fact, Hollywood Elsewhere has noted that on September 20th, the same day movie comes out, a book will be available entitled, "Reclaiming Parkland: Tom Hanks, Vincent Bugliosi, and the JFK Assassination in the New Hollywood" which takes Bugliosi's book and the "failed attempt" at the movie adaptation to task.

Plenty to chew on as the film gears up to premiere at TIFF in just a few weeks. Until then, check out the trailer below along with new pics and the poster for the film.

Parkland (skip crop)
Parkland (skip crop)
Parkland Poster

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  • richard bittner | October 8, 2013 8:48 AMReply

    Mr Hanks has done a grave disservice to this Country. He must be jocking for a CFR appointment or be simply brain defective. The Zapruder film presents conclusive evidence that there was at least 2 assassins. This is all we will ever know for certain.. DiCaprio and Hanks both need sone serious sort of reality shock therapy. They are dead wrong about the meaning and message of the Zapruder film

  • richard bittner | October 10, 2013 5:06 AM

    Bugliosi's book is based upon the "magic bullet" theory fostered by Arlen Spector(CFR)..The most thoughtful and fair minded depiction of this "theory" is deftly debunkedin a Seinfeld episode. Unfortunately redicule can't solely extinguish it.

  • richard bittner | October 8, 2013 9:24 AM

    My prior post is based upon the assumption that Parkland supports the totally false Warren Commission conclusion of a lone assassin. I do hope that it is not the case. If this film supports the deceptive conclusions, citizen Hanks has unleashed a hornet's nest of scorn that he will live to regret.

  • Josh | September 1, 2013 7:33 PMReply

    Tom Welling and Summer Glau!

  • mark crane | August 28, 2013 2:01 PMReply

    The most important clue to the JFK assassination can be found in the Youtube video by the band, Folksteady.

  • RL | August 21, 2013 12:31 PMReply

    Landesman claims he's not trying to tell a story of who was the real gunman,only to dig the human triumph from pockets of people from different departments during those 4 days in this tragedy...I think the trailer speaks for itself--"The story you know,the PEOPLE you don't".

  • Kate | August 21, 2013 9:56 AMReply

    It might be based on Vincent Bugliosi's book but Landesman actually said to Variety "that the movie doesn’t have a point of view as to whether Oswald acted alone"

  • Kate | August 21, 2013 9:57 AM

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