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Very good, but a bit biased.
26 April 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In 1992, "The American Experience" aired an amazingly detailed and exceptionally balanced three-part series on the Kennedy family. Now, 12 years later, the series has aired a film specifically on Robert Kennedy--though much of the material is what you'll see in the larger series made previously. However, I did detect one difference between the two shows--this newer one on Bobby Kennedy seemed a lot more glowing--as if it was made by huge fans of the late senator. This isn't so much a complaint--more an observation that it seemed a little less objective and dispassionate from the Kennedy family documentary. Specifically, the latter show seemed to have little criticism of the man and painted him in very glowing terms (something I believe isn't good for a biography). Kennedy was a human being and had foibles, though few were mentioned here--and the rumors about his affairs weren't even mentioned. Whether they were true or not, it's odd they were not discussed or refuted.

I must point out, however, that despite being a tiny bit biased, the film was still exceptional. It was relatively thorough (having a two-hour time slop helped) and really served to inspire the viewer. Although not a huge fan of the family, I couldn't help but be brought to tears by the sadness of his death and the questions of 'what if' had he become president. Fascinating and a film that strongly emphasizes the conscience of the man.


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