New Documentary Tracks JFK’s Final Hours

November 22, 1963 – a date burned into the collective American memory. Few events have been more scrutinized than the minutes and hours leading up to – and following – the fatal bullets fired by Lee Harvey Oswald that killed President Kennedy.

While the assassination of President Kennedy has been analyzed repeatedly from every angle, a new documentary following of the events of November 22 offers a more human perspective. JFK: The Final Hours, narrated by Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Bill Paxton, explores the final day of JFK’s life in its minutiae: the people he interacted with, the hotel where he ate breakfast, his flight to Dallas. The film collects first-hand accounts from the people who interacted with JFK that last day, from Congressmen to schoolchildren watching his speech, for an in-depth treatment of the fatefully tragic day in American history.

Watch archival footage of JFK’s speech in San Antonio the morning of Nov. 22:

Catch the premiere of JFK: The Final Hours tonight at 8P.


  1. Gregory Garbrecht
    United States
    November 9, 2013, 6:24 am

    Dear National Geographic i for one will not be watching your movie. In America a man is innocent untill proven guility. If you take the police investagation,the autopsy at parkland that they would not let hapen ,no trial it could have been him but you say he did it. He had no laywer,in on interigation,also the first bullet was fired missed 6.9 seconds went by then the second bullett was fired hitting jfk and then 4.9 seconds was between the 2 and 3 bullet and the last two were dead on.well that means he speed up over 2 seconds between recoils and his aim became better. Ya theres alot of sharpshooters that can get the bullets off in time, but not in an iregular patern of fire.1 lag6.9sec 2 lag 4.9sec lag 4.6secthen another bullet plus thete was confirmed 7 shots by experts and everthing ive said has been taken directly from your show the lost bullet ,were even the witnesses you interview say they heard the first shot bang then bang ,bang. itspeed up but you dont address that and you end the show by acusing a man who mever had a trail among his peits who also has witnesses that sayhe was in tbe lunch room on fact to coworkers on the stairs.a manager in the lunch room were harvey was during the shooting . But you do.t here about those because it needs to be wrapped up with a neat little bow. Yes ive seen shows on you station were you convict simeone and ten yrs later there free because of DNA but you shows had them cinvicted all the way end of story,but i guess i thought you had more integrity as a channel and magazine i could count on for non bios repoting i guess everyone has a price. A no longer subscriber to National Geographic. Magazine or channel.

  2. Gregory Garbrecht
    United States
    November 9, 2013, 6:45 am

    Sorry for the spelling errors i hope you recieve the ideals i presented, like saying lee harvey oswold was the shooter,your words ex. “The lost bullet” show i did not know you were judge and jury. Because, no the evidence does not convict him beyond a reasonable doubt so to hear your narrator convict him even if he was guilty is irresponsible ,buy you as part of the media which is to stay unbiased when reporting a story or at least report both sides. Iam not a conspircy type person but i do beleive that the jfk incident can not be proven beyond a reasonable doudt that he was guilty and there was not a second shooter. I think your movie will probably be a injust view of. a tragedy of a great man you are intitled to your opinion i just didnt fhink National Geographic was so political,i thought the storys you published let the reader or viewer make up his mind and you just told the story in a non-baised way

  3. Alexia Griffin
    United States
    November 9, 2013, 12:13 pm

    “Final Hours” was wonderful! How nice to remember how much we all loved the Kennedys instead of focusing on all of that hatred and conspiracy stuff. Would have been so much more effective though if you could show it with limited commercial interruptions.

  4. Neal Trickel
    Monroe, Wisconsin USA
    November 9, 2013, 4:30 pm

    A very well-done show! Bill Paxton is great in everything I have seen him in. An excellent documentation of the Presidents last few days. GREAT video and interviews, as well. THANKS for this addition to the record.

  5. Jerry DePinto
    Kent WA
    November 9, 2013, 7:21 pm

    I have seen many documentaries on President Kennedy. This is the best because it creates the mood of the times and you get an idea of what President Kennedy and his wife experienced on the campaign trail. The days of seeing a Presidential motorcade or gone, but you can ride along in this documentary and feel the glow and promise of the new frontier.

  6. Paul
    Fort Worth, TX
    November 15, 2013, 8:21 pm

    What an amazing documentary! How much better it is to reflect on the last, great memories of a great man. Too many documentaries are concerned only with the forensics of JFK’s death and they miss the incredible story of how he came to connect so much, even with his political adversaries. Now, fix your web page which says his speech on the morning of the 22nd was in San Antonio rather than Fort Worth. Apparently, the web designer failed to watch the documentary.

  7. Maribeth Brinson
    November 16, 2013, 12:46 pm

    I can only hope you release this on video. Very well done and doesn’t dwell on the horror. To see how many things were going right, until Dallas, it brings the last days, as if it was now. Please release it on DVD!!!

  8. Susan
    November 19, 2013, 4:24 am

    Excellent documentary. I loved seeing JFK and (Jackie’s) speeches and the news coverage from that time. Please show it again this week.

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  10. Enrique Stark
    western united states
    June 12, 2014, 5:43 am

    Dear National Geographic, I thought your special on the latter two days was one of the best docs I have seen. Pay no mind to Gregory Garbrecht and his Lee Harvey Oswald apologist committee…

  11. D Miethe
    August 29, 2016, 2:21 am

    The traffic light evidence being used in the missing bullet theory is flawed. The sunlight showing through the traffic light and traffic light border is a gap due to these being two different pieces. The shape and location of “hole” fits perfectly to my experiences. I have installed and worked on many of these style signals. I am not saying the “bullet A traffic light deflection” theory is wrong but I am saying the accepted evidence of this theory is definitely not factual and should have been researched better and consulted on by a traffic light technician possibly. Hope I have shed some new light on this matter…..