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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.
from The Conspirator 53 comments


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  • 04/12/2010 at 12:14pm


    Unlike many historical war movies, some of the characters in Black Hawk Down are still living and were able to see the film about their tragic experience.

    I found an article in which Matt Eversmann responds to Josh Hartnett's portrayal of him in the film. In the article, Eversmann said he's flattered by Hartnett's good looks, but that he's not the man from the film. He also said, "the movie is very good in projecting the theme of the book, brave men in a very difficult situation who account for themselves and their country." It's interesting to think that the "Eversmann" that America will always know is Hartnett's version, not the real Eversmann's.

    from Black Hawk Down
  • 04/12/2010 at 11:52am


    Check out what the real Red Pollard looked like. Can you see the resemblance to Tobey Maguire!? At 5'9'', Maguire is actually two inches taller than Red, who was 5'7''. This was considered tall for a jockey. Other jockeys were closer to 5'3''.

    Check out what...
    from Seabiscuit
  • 04/12/2010 at 11:38am


    That would be interesting Ed! I have a feeling that the combination of Woodward's experience and Ephron's writing skills could make a good story. On the other hand, I think it's often important for people with outside perspectives to write stories.
    I read that Woodward hated William Goldman's version of the script, and that Goldman wished he'd never gone near this film.... It seems like drama likes to follow Bob Woodward!

    from All the President's Men
  • 04/06/2010 at 10:32am


    Ron Howard created such a convincing Mission Control Room on the set of Apollo 13 that people who were actually in Mission Control during the1970 Apollo 13 flight said that it felt like the real thing.

    Here is a picture of the real control room... It looks just like the movie version!

    Ron Howard...
    from Apollo 13
  • TAFC_Staff
    04/02/2010 at 2:48am



    The idea of a post-1908 Butch Cassidy riding around Bolivia may sound like bogus history, but author Richard Patterson documents multiple sightings of, and even interactions with an older Butch through the years. Were these tall tales, an imposter, or perhaps Butch himself?

    Here's the Amazon link to his book:

    from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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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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