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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 93m 42s

Release date 08/11/2013

BBFCInsight Contains bloody surgery scenes and gory injury detail

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Peter Landesman

Cast includes Zac Efron, Tom Welling, Paul Giamatti, Jackie Earle Haley, Billy Bob Thornton, James Badge Dale, Jacki Weaver, Ron Livingston, Colin Hanks, Marcia Gay Harden

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 29/10/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

PARKLAND is a US drama about the assassination of President Kennedy and the events that occurred over the next few days. It focusses in particular on the staff of Parkland Hospital, where both Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald were treated. The film is rated 15 for bloody surgery scenes and gory injury detail.

When Kennedy is brought to Parkland Hospital, we see the efforts that were made to save him by hospital staff. There is a significant amount of blood in the hospital room, on Kennedy himself, on people who brought him to the hospital, and on the medical staff. This blood is visible for a prolonged period of time. Furthermore, there is occasional sight of the back of Kennedy's head, as well as sight of a piece of skull and brain material being handled. Later in the film, Lee Harvey Oswald is also operated on, with clear sight of a bloody gunshot wound in his abdomen, although this sequence is much briefer.

Real archive footage of the killings of both men is used, but without any focus on detail. A clip from the famous Zapruder footage, showing Kennedy's head snapping back with some red blood mist behind, is a very well-known image and is not unexpected in this context.

Further issues include infrequent use of strong language ('f**k') as well as some milder bad language, such as 'son of a bitch' and 'shit'.

No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 rated film in the cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video or DVD.


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