Motorcade Films

Zapruder Film

The most famous film of the JFK assassination was shot by Abraham Zapruder while standing at the pergola near the "grassy knoll." It captures the full shooting sequence.

Nix Film

Orville Nix filmed the motorcade on Houston Street, and then the assassination from a view opposite that of Zapruder.

Muchmore Film

The Muchmore film follows the motorcade along Houston Street, and then has a very few seconds of the assassination sequence at its end.

Bronson Film

Charles Bronson took some still photographs as well as this film from his location atop a concrete abutment just off Houston Street.

Hughes Film

Robert Hughes filmed from the sidewalk on the west side of Houston Street. It shows the motorcade going by on Houston Street, as well as the vicinity of the shooting after it had occurred.

Bell Film

Mark Bell took this film from off Houston Street near Main. It depicts the motorcade going by on Houston and making the left-hand turn onto Elm. It also shows the Presidential limousine racing under the triple underpass, along with the aftermath of confusion in Dealey Plaza.

Dorman Film

Elsie Doorman worked for the Scott, Foresman publishing company on the fourth floor of the TSBD building, and took this film from that location. It shows the motorcade on Houston Street, but does not capture the Presidential limousine during the assassination itself.

Wiegman Film

NBC cameraman Dave Wiegman shot this footage from within a car in the motorcade. Much of the film is jumpy, as Weigman leaped from the car to continue filming while running on foot.

Couch Film

Malcolm Couch, a local WFAA TV cameraman, said he saw about a foot of the barrel of a rifle being withdrawn from a window in the TSBD. He filmed this footage in the immediate aftermath of the assassination, from a car in the motorcade.

Martin Film

John Martin's film shows the motorcase on Houston Street, and rounding the corner onto Elm through some trees. It also shows the aftermath of the shooting in Dealey Plaza.

Daniel Film

Jack Daniel took this brief film footage from just beyond the Triple Underpass. The Presidential limousine, carrying the mortally wounded President, zooms past the unsuspecting cheering bystanders.

Paschall Film

Patsy Paschall filmed from the third floor tower of the courthouse on Houston Street. Her film depicts the motorcade going by underneath, as well as other views after the assassination. right onto Houston street.

Jefferies Film

In February 2007, this "new" film of the motorcade was made public. Filmed by George Jefferies, it shows the motorcade go by a spot some 90 seconds before the assassination. The film also shows some post-assassination footage of Dealey Plaza.


About These Films

Please note that these films are hosted on YouTube, which may be in violation of copyrights held on the films. The Mary Ferrell Foundation does not host these films directly because of this issue.

Related Starting Points

Photos and Films

Dealey Plaza


A History of the Zapruder Film, by Martin Shackelford.

Bedrock Evidence in the Kennedy Assassination, by Josiah Thompson.

JFK Assassination Film Hoax, by John P. Costella.

Image of Assassination, by PBS.

Film Farce, by Joseph Backes.

Where Were You When the President Was Shot, Beverly?, by Ian Griggs.

Evidence of Alteration in the Zapruder Film, by Michael T. Griffith.

Why the Zapruder Film is Authentic, by Josiah Thompson.

Secrets of a Homicide - Conclusions, by Dale Myers.

The Zapruder Film and the President's Wounds, by David Lifton.

The Zapruder Film and the Language of Proof, by James Fetzer.

The Paschall Film: Movement Behind the Fence, by Greg Jaynes.

The ARRB and the Z-Film, by Joe Backes.

Books of Interest

    Pictures of the Pain
Richard Trask
Yeoman Press, 1994
    The Zapruder Film: Reframing JFK's Assassination
David R. Wrone
University Press of Kansas, 2003
    Six Seconds in Dallas
Josiah Thompson
Bernard Geis Associates, 1967
    Photographic Memory
Richard Trask
The Sixth Floor Museum, 1996
    The Great Zapruder Film Hoax
James Fetzer, ed.
Catfeet Press, 2003

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