Parkland Tuesday, 31 March 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Hardly a walk in the Park.

  • Starring:

    Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Giamatti, Colin Hanks,  Ron Livingston, Jason Douglas, David Harbour, James Badge Dale, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Jeremy Strong, Mallory Moye, Bitsie Tulloch

  • Directed by:

    Peter Landesman

  • Running time:

    94 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Video footage of people shot. Gunshots heard. Panic, yelling, chaos, arguing. Suppression of evidence, property damage, written threats. John F Kennedy assassination, treason mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody scratch, bloody face, bloody head, very bloody hands, blood on clothing, blood on objects, bleeding, smeared blood, open wound, skull fragment, brain matter, pooled blood. X-rays, man on stretcher.




    Smoking. Prescription medication exchanged.


    F-word, s-words, sonofab*tch. Religious reference and exclamations. Cultural, regional stereotypes.


    John F Kennedy, assassination, surgery, autopsy, US history, US Secret Service, Zapruder film, media, desperation, film processing, Lee Harvey Oswald, national emergency, confusion, jurisdiction, tragedy, pall-bearing, presidential swearing-in, siblings.


    Hospital, surgery, funeral, burial settings. Deceased husbands, deceased brother/son. Medical procedures (stretchers, IV drips, cutting clothing, incision, intubation, CPR, heart massage, paddles, flatlining, bandaging, examinations, X-ray). Addison's disease mentioned. Plane, horses (TV footage), flock of birds. Shaky handheld camerawork. Based on Four Days in November: The Assassination of John F Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi.


    Engrossing, revelatory, journalistic, moving, stark, embellished, sobering, gripping, suspenseful, fascinating, absorbing, well-intentioned. Some splendid performances, fine ensemble cast, sense of immediacy, expert direction, haunting score, refreshing perspective. Impeccable costume, makeup and production design.


    Dull, cluttered, frustrating, scattershot, vapid, painful, miscalculated, awkward, incoherent, plodding. Some questionable performances, emotionally detached, lacks insight, banal dialogue, cheesy music.

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