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28 May 1996 (USA) See more »
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Tom Kemp ... Narrator (voice)

John Kennedy Jr. ... Himself

Caroline Kennedy ... Herself
Patrick Kennedy ... Himself

Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Ted Kennedy ... Himself
Kevin Vigilante ... Himself

Directed by
Joshua Seftel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joshua Seftel 

Produced by
Anne Churchman .... associate producer
Dan Melish .... associate producer
Joshua Seftel .... producer
Kathy Venzke .... associate producer
Original Music by
Eric Goldberg 
Cinematography by
Joshua Seftel 
Film Editing by
Joshua Seftel 
Sound Department
Greg McCleary .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Cohen .... additional camera operator
Stephen J. Croke .... additional camera operator (as Steve Croke)
Jeff Hartley .... additional camera operator
Tom Lay .... additional camera operator
Editorial Department
Adam Bush .... on-line editor (as Adem Bush)
Anne Churchman .... assistant editor
Doug Quade .... on-line editor
Other crew
Jill Adelman .... production assistant
Rich Alger .... production assistant
Oren Bendavid-Val .... production assistant
Douglas Bensadoun .... production assistant
George Bolanos .... production assistant
Jennifer Brockway .... production assistant
Shayna Casey .... production assistant
Ockert Dupper .... production assistant
Susan L. Farmer .... project consultant
Sandra Forman .... legal representative
Cindy Galman .... production assistant
Tom Janssen .... research consultant
Jason Kearns .... production assistant
Julian Lauzanna .... production assistant
Ariel Lustig .... production assistant
Kara Mathis .... production assistant
Betsy McPartlin .... production assistant
Thomas Miller .... production assistant
Allyn Pivar .... production assistant
Julie Rosenberg .... production assistant
Juile Rothstein .... production assistant
Lori Rothstein .... production assistant
Nancy Slocum .... production assistant
John Stacy .... production assistant
Tracy Strange .... production assistant
Jeb Taylor .... production assistant
Julianne Weber .... production assistant
Darrell M. West .... project consultant
Michelle Williams .... production assistant

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52 min

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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Meager, 1 March 2005
Author: George Parker from Orange County, CA USA

"Taking on the Kennedys" is a short 45 minute documentary about the 1994 Rhode Island campaign for Congress which pitted 26 year old Democrat Patrick Kennedy against a 39 year old Republican physician Kevin Vigilante. The film, which has all the ear marks of a one man hand-held minicam shoot with poor quality audio and video, follows Vigilante around as he goes through the usual campaign hand clasping and stumping slowly but surely losing his naiveté as he see his image tarnished, his campaign outspent, and his hopes dashed by his younger opponent who is shoe-horned into the office thanks to his politically savvy and well connected family. A meager DVD offering, there are no surprises in this film about a not very interesting campaign though it may offer some insight into the campaign process for a few. (C)

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