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“Untold Stories from the JFK Assassination”

Aug 27, 2013 at 8:32pm | Filed Under “Parkland

Untold Stories from the JFK Assassination
The major motion picture PARKLAND explores the assassination of John Kennedy from perspectives never before seen: the doctors and nurses at the hospital, the boots-on-the-ground G-men at the FBI field office in Dallas, the family of Lee Harvey Oswald -- caught in their own metaphorical cross fire.
from Parkland 9 comments

“Presidents in Peril”

Aug 29, 2013 at 2:27pm | Filed Under “Parkland

Presidents in Peril
Here at The American Film Company, we've now made movies based on the two most famous assassinations in American history. And while the murders of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy have always captured the nation's attention, many forget that there were two other presidents assassinated, not to mention "serious" attempts on several others:
from Parkland 3 comments

“Infamous by Association”

Aug 29, 2013 at 2:22pm | Filed Under “Parkland

Infamous by Association
One key storyline in PARKLAND examines the affect of Lee Harvey Oswald's infamous crime on his family, specifically his blue-collar brother Robert (played by James Badge Dale) and his more-than-eccentric mother, Marguerite (Jackie Weaver).
from Parkland 2 comments

“Where Were YOU When Kennedy Was Shot?”

Sep 4, 2013 at 7:13pm | Filed Under “Parkland

Where Were YOU When Kennedy Was Shot?
It's the question that almost any person (of a certain age) can answer. Where were you when you learned that the President had been shot?
from Parkland 10 comments

“Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?”

Apr 20, 2011 at 9:41pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
Less than three months after her arrest at her boarding house on H Street in Washington City, Mary Surratt would be hanged for her role in John Wilkes Booth's murderous plot.
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  • TAFC_Staff
    04/26/2010 at 9:30pm


    Great question, root17.

    Patton did in fact read "Infantry Attacks", as did many other military leaders. It's not certain whether or not he read "Achtung Panzer!" but several sources confirm that he spoke fluent German, including the account of his interrogating of German SS commander Major General Anton Dunckern.

    Here's the link. We'll have to further look into some of this.

    from Patton
  • 04/26/2010 at 11:59am


    johnson_dawg, what were the other films that you analyzed? That seems like a really interesting thesis!

    from Apollo 13
  • robstone
    04/26/2010 at 7:52am


    you're right, johnson-dawg. the most admirable thing about the film was its depiction of battle and confusion in battle--it even confuses the viewer. there are certainly differing accounts of what happened in mogadishu. in fact, DoreeSimon just posted how matt eversmann was unhappy with his portrayal.

    what we liked about the film was it's very loyal adaptation of mark bowden's book, which was heavily researched. couple that with the military advisors and authentic equipment used and we've got what appears to be an impressively accurate retelling.

    from a storytelling perspective, it's got its issues, but we're looking at it as a piece of history brought to the screen. there were definitely omissions, and probably for various reasons. from the american point of view, it didn't take much of a political stance, and that was kind of a relief.

    from Black Hawk Down
  • root17
    04/25/2010 at 2:07pm


    Question on "Patton"

    At the battle of El Guettar, Patton exclaims, "….I read your book." Rommel's book as seen in the movie scene where his aides wake Patton in preparation for this battle is titled "The Tank in Attack." The book Rommel actually published (in 1937) was titled "Infanterie greift an" (about infantry actions in WWI). He was working on a follow-up book to be titled "Panzer greift an" but it was never published before Rommel's forced suicide in 1944. His notes were translated into English with the sometimes title of the book that was on Patton's night stand, but that was long after this battle.

    One book Patton might have read is "Achtung Panzer! The Development of Armored Forces, their Tactics and operational Potential", by Heinz Guderian, the architect of the German blitzkrieg attack with tanks and planes into France in 1940 (published in 1937). However, the 1937 edition was published in German, and I'm unsure if Patton could read German or if an English translation was available by this time. Anyone have any info on this?

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  • johnson_dawg
    04/23/2010 at 2:35pm


    There are always different reasons for telling a story. In Blackhawk down I was very disapointed with the overall project. I was able to read Mark Bowden's collection of accounts from the survivors of the battle and seperate accounts from Night Stalkers and I don't feel like the movie told the story completly. I was impressed that they were able to show the pressures of the battle and the pure confusion that followed, but many of the stories were altered due to either political reasons or to simplify an already chaotic story. Some of the actors were a little awkward, but overall it isnt the most inaccurate movie out there, but it is far from the best.

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“The Best American History Movies NEVER Made”

163 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

As we at the American Film Company have endeavored to turn American history into movies, I've been struck by how many amazing true stories have not been given the green light... More

“Historians View the Assassination”

87 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

In April of 1865 most northerners had little trouble discerning who was behind the assassination; they were convinced the Confederate government was involved. More

“Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal”

73 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

Joseph Holt, a Kentucky lawyer and staunch Unionist, was confirmed by the Congress as President Lincoln's Judge Advocate General on September 3, 1862. This made Holt the top lawyer in the Army, and the principal legal advisor to Lincoln on all military legal matters. More

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