When the script was completed, screenwriter Peter Landesman decided he wanted to direct the film himself, an idea that producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman immediately supported. Goetzman remembered: "Peter had worked so hard on the screenplay and felt so strongly about the material that when he wanted to make this his directing debut, Tom and I did not hesitate".
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.
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When the agents carry President Kennedy's coffin aboard Air Force One, they saw part of the door away in order to get the coffin inside. According to Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, they had to remove the coffin's handles to get it on the plane.
Although based on a true story and depicting real-life people the end credits state: "All characters in this film are fictional and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental."
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