The story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy who was shot in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, and 22 people in the hotel whose lives were never the same.
Tuesday, June 4, 1968: the California presidential primary. As day breaks Robert F. Kennedy arrives at the Ambassador Hotel; he'll campaign, then speak to supporters at midnight. To capture the texture of the late 1960s, we see vignettes at the hotel: a couple marries so he can avoid Vietnam, kitchen staff discuss race and baseball, a man cheats on his wife, another is fired for racism, a retired hotel doorman plays chess in the lobby with an old friend, a campaign strategist's wife needs a pair of black shoes, two campaign staff trip on LSD, a lounge singer is on the downhill slide. Through it all, we see and hear RFK calling for a better society and a better nation. Written by
Many of the cast members noted the film's relevance to the world of the time that the picture was made as America faced some of its deepest divisions in decades. "There is still a real need to bring people together," said Demi Moore. "After Bobby Kennedy [Robert F. Kennedy] was shot there seemed to be a great loss of innocence, and with it came an unfortunate loss of passion and a feeling of helplessness that has endured." Moore plays one of the film's saddest characters, the chanteuse Virginia Fallon, a once glamorous, now drunken lounge singer who has reached rock bottom upon her final performance at the Ambassador Hotel. Moore noted: "This was the first time that I've had the opportunity to play a woman that drinks way too much. It's exhausting and exhilarating at the same time because you can let go about caring how you look because it's irrelevant. There's something very raw about going to a core place and giving your body permission to do anything. There's no censorship necessary; you can be and say whatever you want." Moore especially enjoyed collaborating with her long-time friend Emilio Estevez, with whom she worked in his directorial debut film _Wisdom_. She commented: "Even though he's also the writer, he didn't hold anything as precious. He's giving but not controlling. He's especially open to improvisation on the part of actors because he really trusts them. He allowed us to create and share, and at the same time he guided us too." See more »
The credits include the closing speech detailing the speech as "Robert F. Kennedy's speech, 'On The Mindless Menace of Violence.' The credits say it was delivered in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 5, 1968. This is incorrect; Robert Kennedy gave a speech on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death in Indianapolis on the previous day but gave the speech presented on the recording at the City Club of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. See more »
Do we know anything yet?
We got men on the sixth floor going from room to room. You the manager?
Paul Ebbers. And the bungalows?
We're checking them now.
Roger that. It's a false alarm. False alarm. I wouldn't want to be you today.
Occupational hazard. We'll open the cafe. You or you men want coffee, a hot breakfast, it's on the house. Thanks.
It'll take us a while to wrap this up, but I'll let the boys know.
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Black Is Black
Written by Steve Wadey, Tony Hayes and Michelle Grainger
Performed by Los Bravos
Courtesy of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT España S.L., Madrid
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I saw the movie "Bobby" as part of the Vienna International Film Festival last week and thought it was an incredibly powerful film. The movie focuses on around 20 people in and around the Ambassador Hotel the day that Robert Kennedy was shot there. The large cast never seems overwhelming. The characters are clear enough that we remember what they were doing the last time we saw them, but we never feel like they are merely one-dimensional. Emilio Estevez really hit the jackpot with his cast - they all are 100% committed to their roles and the audience simply gets lost in the era.
The cast is phenomenal - the standouts include Sharon Stone (who has a a chance at a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination if the Academy can overlook Basic Instinct 2), Nick Cannon as a young Black-American working on the campaign, and Freddy Rodriguez as a young Latino working in the kitchen. The later two, combined with Lindsey Lohan as a woman marrying to save a man's life, serve as the heart of the movie and bring a well-balanced view of many of the hot issues of the day.
The movie has an incredible, emotional climax that is enhanced by an actual speech of Bobby Kennedy. The audio and visual clips of Kennedy serve as snapshots into his life and the work he did during his short time in the public eye. You can read whatever you want to into the political agenda of the movie, but in the end this movie is a tribute to Robert F. Kennedy and his time.
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