Parkland – What are the best films about John F. Kennedy's assassination?
Parkland, the latest Hollywood retelling of the events surrounding the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, comes to DVD and Blu-Ray next week.
The film focuses on the people immediately affected by the shooting and who were suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances. This includes the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital; Dallas’s chief of the Secret Service; the cameraman who captured what became the most famous home movie in history and the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald amongst others.
With a cast including Zac Effron, Colin Hanks, Jackie Earl Haley, Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton, the film received mixed reviews, but put another welcome spin on the events surrounding JFK's death.
Thing is, it's not the first film to try and unravel the world's most famous assassination, there have been countless others, here are three of the best of them…
Oliver Stone's sprawling tale is an epic watch, clocking in at well over three hours and is a film that firmly lines itself behind the idea that the assassination is part of a much bigger conspiracy. It tells the story of Jim Garrison (played by Kevin Costner), A New Orleans DA who discovers that there's more to the assassination than meets the eye. Despite it's epic length this is a taut thriller that stands up well and is worth revisiting.
This 1984 thriller take a radical spin on the events in Dallas in November 1963, focusing on the story of two Texas border guards who find a jeep buried for 20 years in the desert. Strangely, contained with the keep are a skeleton, a scoped rifle, and a box with $800,000 in cash. What to know how this links to the JFK assassination? You'll have to watch to find out, but it's very bizarre.
Ok, when we said three of the best of them, we meant two of the best of them and one of the most bizarre pieces of cinema you'll ever see.
Made in 1966 by Andy Warhol, the film features Warhol's "superstars" from his New York art collective The Factory and is downright comedic in tone. Worth watching for sheer bravado and humour, but not much else…
Parkland is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (31st March).