A personal portrait of one of the most controversial men of this century and the turbulent times in which he lived. An entire era, including the fight for civil rights, the Cuban Missile ... See full summary »
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 Arthur Schlesinger (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Senator (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Lady Bird Johnson (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Pat Kennedy (3 episodes, 1985)
Dean Santoro ...
 Fred Dutton (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Army Gen. Carey (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Jacqueline Kennedy (3 episodes, 1985)
Dorothy Fielding ...
 Jean Kennedy (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Angie Novello (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Teddy Kennedy (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Walter Sheridan (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Jack Newfield (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Ron McMasters (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Jimmy Hoffa (3 episodes, 1985)
Betsy Baker ...
 Courtney Kennedy (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Joe Kennedy III (3 episodes, 1985)
Jeremy Brown ...
 Matthew Kennedy (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Kathleen Kennedy (3 episodes, 1985)
Jordan Denton ...
 Michael Kennedy (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Courtney Kennedy (3 episodes, 1985)
Rebecca Gullion ...
 Kathleen Kennedy (3 episodes, 1985)
Chris Hebert ...
 Robert Kennedy Jr. (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Robert Kennedy Jr. (3 episodes, 1985)
Steve Rumph ...
 Young Joe Kennedy III (3 episodes, 1985)
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 David Kennedy (3 episodes, 1985)
Nancy Abramson ...
 Woman at stable (3 episodes, 1985)
Phyllis Applegate ...
 Ruby (3 episodes, 1985)
Amanda Barrett ...
 Kerry (3 episodes, 1985)
Dorothy Butts ...
 Annie Lee Moss (3 episodes, 1985)
Ralph Clift ...
 Gov. Patterson (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Moderator (3 episodes, 1985)
Walter Covell ...
 Old-timer (3 episodes, 1985)
Kathy Cronkite ...
 Official's wife (3 episodes, 1985)
Reid Cruickshanks ...
 Sam Baron (3 episodes, 1985)
Robert Decker ...
 Staffer (3 episodes, 1985)
Louis De Farra ...
 Waiter (3 episodes, 1985)
Ben Fuhrman ...
 Edward Partin (3 episodes, 1985)
Gokul ...
 Nehru (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Roy Wilkins (3 episodes, 1985)
Richard Kuss ...
 Dave Beck (3 episodes, 1985)
Wendy LaMastra ...
 Joan Kennedy (3 episodes, 1985)
Charles Lanyer ...
 Porter Biggs (3 episodes, 1985)
Christopher Lofton ...
 Steve Smith (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Interrogator (3 episodes, 1985)
Elizabeth Norment ...
 Eunice Kennedy (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Robert Henderson (3 episodes, 1985)
Jack Thibeau ...
 Clyde Tolson (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Priest (3 episodes, 1985)
Jean-Paul Vignon ...
 French general (3 episodes, 1985)
Madison Arnold ...
 Marvin Haanstra (3 episodes, 1985)
Barbara Allyne Bennet ...
 Evelyn Lincoln (3 episodes, 1985)
Pat Corley ...
 Andy McLaughlin (3 episodes, 1985)
Matthew Faison ...
 Dick Peterson (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Frank Simpson (3 episodes, 1985)
James Hornbeck ...
 Keating advisor (3 episodes, 1985)
Will Jeffries ...
 Silvio Mollo (3 episodes, 1985)
Shelly Lipkin ...
 Robert Morgenthau (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Kenneth Keating (3 episodes, 1985)
David Lloyd Nelson ...
 Functionary (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Robert Travis (3 episodes, 1985)
Wayne Armstrong ...
 First timberman (3 episodes, 1985)
David Austin ...
 Aide (3 episodes, 1985)
Joe Dorsey ...
 Chief of Police (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Second timberman (3 episodes, 1985)
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 John Gunter Dean (3 episodes, 1985)
Haven Earle Haley ...
 Reporter (3 episodes, 1985)
Maurice Marsac ...
 Etienne Manac'h (3 episodes, 1985)
Bufort McClerkins ...
 Roosevelt Grier (3 episodes, 1985)
Paul Napier ...
 Mayor (3 episodes, 1985)
Jerold Pearson ...
 Adam Walinsky (3 episodes, 1985)
Matthew Ribis ...
 David (3 episodes, 1985)
John Scott ...
 John Frankenheimer (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Allard Lowenstein (3 episodes, 1985)
Edmund Tenney ...
 Minor functionary (3 episodes, 1985)
John Escobar
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 Anatoly Dobrynin (3 episodes, 1985)
William James Kennedy ...
 Longshoreman (3 episodes, 1985)
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 Young Pat (3 episodes, 1985)
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A personal portrait of one of the most controversial men of this century and the turbulent times in which he lived. An entire era, including the fight for civil rights, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the American entry into Vietnam, and the eventual protest against it, was shaped by Bobby Kennedy. Written by Anonymous

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Played Betty Grissom in The Right Stuff (1983) hoping to meet Jackie Kennedy after her husband's flight into space. She played her sister-in-law as Ethel Kennedy in this film. See more »

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Oh please
10 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

One's view of the movie itself will likely depend on what one's view of RFK is, and in general, of the sixties and the prevailing insanity of that time. Since most folks already know of his fate, I'll give one easy example of this particular effort--at the end of it, when he's been assassinated, the makers of course launch into a rendition of "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?", an inane anthem of folk foolishness from the sixties.

Since I'm not a huge RFK fan, it's not surprising I find his pontificating self-aggrandizement a touch loathsome, which he tried to mask as compassion, it was perhaps his worst feature, this is hardly an unbiased dislike. Generally speaking, I don't mind bio movies that gloss over the ugly features of a person's life, we all have flaws and any movie can turn a sinner into a saint or the reverse by just concentrating on certain aspects of one's life. The movie isn't bad just because it doesn't relate RFK's rather stunning lack of principle, something it makes light of by portraying his "ruthlessness", something he was well known for, as merely a political attack vehicle of his opponents.

An interesting omission is that RFK actually worked as a counsel for Joe McCarthy during the Red Scare days. Not something many RFK fans like to remember, or even know about.

Perhaps the thing that annoys most is that biopics for the last twenty or thirty years depend largely on whether the politician adhered to the prevalent extreme left wing views of Hollywood folks who make these movies.

Other than that, this RFK outing at least tends to avoid some of the strangely inappropriate intimate conversations writers often imagine between their subject and intimates, in particular wife and family. It is absolutely littered with sixties clips of nauseating anti-war demonstrators, foolish political posturing, and hippies galore. RFK's enemies are of course evil beyond belief, LBJ ends up being hideously Machiavellian (he was such, but a strange dose of reality in an otherwise gauzy biopic), and of course J. Edgar Hoover is the cryptofascist that is his common depiction.

As far as these things go, as the 70s and 80s were filled with them on MLK, JFK, Ike, FDR, etc., this wasn't bad, but it has all the common flaws. I'd skip it, unless one is really interested in a truly silly exercise in RFK worship.


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