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Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy (1977)

The story of U.S. President John F. Kennedy's older brother Joseph, who undertakes a dangerous mission during World War II.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Kennedy Jr.
Vanessa Hunt
Stephen Elliott ...
Joseph Kennedy Sr.
Kathleen Kennedy
Asher Brauner ...
Mike Krasna
Joe, Jr. (age 14)
Ray Pierce
Rose Kennedy
Tara Talboy ...
Ben Fuhrman ...
Hank Riggs
Commander Devril


Joseph Kennedy Jr. was the eldest son of the Kennedy clan. He grew up having to deal with being humiliated and the prejudices of being an Irish Catholic. His father then tells him that the best way to get back at them is make a big impact in politics, in other words to one day be the President of the United States, and he wishes to do so. But first he has to survive World War II, and also he has to do something to make a splash like his brother, Jack who was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal in 1943 following his exploits commanding PT 109. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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18 September 1977 (USA)  »

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The Forgotten Kennedy  »

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Terrific Bit of US History
26 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

I saw this on television on the late show when I was still in high school. I have yearned to see it again ever since.

From what I remember, a very interesting insight into the grooming of a young American heir apparent.

I was struck by the Family scenes in Boston with Joseph Sr... the famous football games in the yard... (much like the ones we used to have in our own yard when I was a kid) The portrayal of life in a bomber wing in England during WWII during the bombing of Germany... The love story between Joseph Jr. with a woman who may or may not have been an appropriate match. A well crafted film that shows so many moments in the life of a family in a time of crisis. And the ending is superb.

One scene shows a dinner at the Kennedy home after JFK's near scrape with death after the sinking of his PT boat in the Pacific. A guest makes an awkward toast to the "hero of the Kennedy family" to which Joe jr graciously rises and says "To my brother Jack". I remember feeling the thrill of seeing these private moments.

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