The family of Abraham Zapruder
(played in the film by Paul Giamatti
), the garment-industry executive who shot the notorious 26 seconds of 8mm film that recorded the instant of the shooting, had never publicly shared their story before. "This is the first time the family has cooperated with anyone," says Landesman. "I think they agreed to help because this script treats him with objectivity, clarity and fairness, perhaps for the first time. They realize this might be their last chance to tell their story themselves." See more
A title card at the end of the movie says that Agent Forrest Sorrels died in 1993, at age 82. He was actually 92. During his testimony before the Warren Commission in 1964, he said he was 63, making his birth year 1901. He began his 47-year government career in 1922, when he was 21. See more
On November 22, 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, made a political trip to Dallas, Texas with his wife, Jacqueline, and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Less than an hour after landing in Dallas, Kennedy was assassinated.
This story is based on the true events that took place on that day, and the three that followed.