Release Date: October 4, 2013
Genre: Drama, Crime
My Rating: 8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 50%
Where to Watch: Google Play, Amazon
Synopsis: This film depicts the days following the tragic event of November 22, 1963. As the presidential motorcade makes its way through Dealy Plaza in Dallas, Texas, the lives several ordinary citizens are about to change. When Abraham Zapruder (Giamatti) unintentionally films the murder, his footage becomes the basis of a Secret Service and FBI investigation. As the motorcade flees the crime scene, President Kennedy is wisked away to Parkland Hospital. Jim Carrico (Efron) and his medical team are only given a few minutes warning before springing into action to try and save the president’s life. When the name of the suspect is released, Lee Harvey Oswald’s brother is left to deal with the now tainted Oswald family name. Meanwhile, Special Agent James Gordon Shanklin (Harbor) and his team are embarrased to discover they had the killer in their grasp just days before the shooting. Two days after the tragic event, Parkland Hospital is rocked again when Lee Harvey Oswald is brought in after being shot while being escorted from the Dallas Police Headquarters. The film ends with the burials of President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald.
Thoughts: The details and facts about the Kennedy assasination have always been interesting to me. I was suprised this film got somewhat of a low rating on Rotten Tomatoes because it does a great job of depicting the chaos and grief of that fatful day. I loved the director’s choice of using multiple, less well-known perpspectives. It was hard not feel what the doctors must have been feeling when they had to try to save the man who had killed their Commander in Chief just two days earlier. If you like this film, I recommend you also watch Jackie with Natalie Portman.
You can watch the trailer here:
- This film is based on the book Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi.
- Brett Stimely portrayed President Kennedy in this film. This was his third time playing the role of Preisdent John F. Kennedy. His other JFK related films include Watchmen and Kill the Dictator.
- Presidents are no longer allowed to ride in open vehicles as a result of the Kennedy assassination.
- Former President Kennedy is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This is a photo I took when I visited Arlington Cemetery back in November of 2019.