Promotional poster for the US premiere
|Based on||Killing Kennedy
by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
|Screenplay by||Kelly Masterson|
|Directed by||Nelson McCormick|
|Theme music composer||Geoff Zanelli|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Cinematography||Stephen St. John|
|Running time||92 min (net runtime)|
|Production||Scott Free Productions|
|Original network||Nat Geo US|
Killing Kennedy is 2013 American television film, based on the 2012 non-fiction book of the same title by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, and starring Rob Lowe, Will Rothhaar, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Michelle Trachtenberg. The movie dramatizes the presidency and assassination of John F. Kennedy, as well as the life of Lee Harvey Oswald in the years leading up to the assassination.
It premiered in the US and Canada on National Geographic Channel on November 10, 2013, followed by the various European National Geographic channels a few days later. It was first shown on terrestrial TV in the UK by Channel 4 on November 23. 2013.
The plot follows the rise of John F. Kennedy (Rob Lowe) as he becomes President of the United States. As Kennedy's career shapes, Lee Harvey Oswald (Will Rothhaar), a former Marine, begins to grow disillusioned with America. Their paths ultimately cross and results in Oswald's assassination of Kennedy.
After the success of Killing Lincoln, National Geographic Channel announced it would produce a film adaptation of Killing Kennedy. In May 2013, it was announced that Rob Lowe was to play President John F. Kennedy, Ginnifer Goodwin would play First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and Michelle Trachtenberg would portray Lee Harvey Oswald's wife Marina Oswald. Goodwin used intimate photos to better portray Jackie Kennedy and was concerned "to do her justice and to play her as accurately as possible without ever doing an impression of her." Costar Rob Lowe said of seeing Goodwin in the pink Chanel suit, "It made it real. If I were under any illusions about what we were doing, seeing her in that iconic moment was, I would say, sobering." While portraying Marina Oswald, Trachtenberg consulted her Russian-born mother for help in speaking Russian.
On its original airing, it drew in 3,354,000 viewers, averaging a 1.1 rating with adults in the 25-54 demographic. The viewership broke the record previously held by Killing Lincoln which averaged 3,351,000 viewers.
|2014||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Movie/Miniseries||Killing Kennedy||Nominated|
|Directors Guild of America Award||Outstanding Directing - Television Film||Nelson McCormick||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie||Rob Lowe||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of America Award||Long Form - Adaptation||Kelly Masterson||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Television Movie||Nominated|
|Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie||Stephen St. John||Nominated|
|Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or A Movie||William Britt, Mark Linden & Tara Paul||Nominated|