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A Ripple of Hope (2008)

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It was April 4, 1968. At 6:01 p.m., across the street from the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, a gunman fired a rifle-and the leader of the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Walinsky ...
Frank Mankiewicz ...
Himself - RFK Press Secretary
Thurston Clarke ...
Himself - RFK Biographer
Darlene Howard ...
Herself - Indianapolis Resident
Jim Trulock ...
Himself - Indianapolis Resident
Bill Gigerich ...
Himself - RFK Campaign Staffer
Himself - Editor & Publisher of the Nashville Tennessean
Jim Tolan ...
Vechel Rhodes ...
Himself - Indianapolis Resident
Evan Thomas ...
Himself - Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor
Peter Edelman ...
Himself - RFK Aide
Karl Anatol ...
Himself - Communication Professor
Tom Cochrun ...
Himself - Radio Reporter
Hurley Goodall ...
Himself - Indiana State Representative


It was April 4, 1968. At 6:01 p.m., across the street from the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, a gunman fired a rifle-and the leader of the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., lay mortally wounded. As news of King's assassination spread, American cities were engulfed in chaos and fear. Urban areas erupted in riots. Fires burned out of control. Dozens of people were killed. Robert F. Kennedy, meanwhile, was en route to Indianapolis, where at 9 p.m. he was scheduled to make a campaign appearance in an African-American neighborhood. Pressing questions arose: Should Kennedy venture into the heart of the Indianapolis inner city and talk to the potentially volatile crowd gathered in a park? What could he say that would assuage their grief? Should he defy the Indianapolis city officials who ordered him to stay away? Would his life be in danger? Kennedy didn't blink. Despite the violence raging across the country, he courageously kept his promise to speak, climbing up on a shaky ... Written by Baird, David

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1 January 2010 (USA)  »

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A Ripple of Hope: The Speech that United a Nation  »

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$175,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Actors Martin Sheen, Charles Grodin and 'Robert Walden' attended the New York City premiere at the Paley Center for Media, April 1, 2009 along with Robert F. Kennedy's widow Ethel, daughters Kerry and Rory Kennedy, CBS News Senior Political Reporter Jeff Greenfield and former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. See more »


Himself - RFK Speechwriter: No speechwriter was necessary, no focus group, no set of meetings, no calculation whatsoever.
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Family and Friends of RFK Cheer A Ripple of Hope
9 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Family and Friends of Robert Kennedy gathered in New York City last week to view this moving documentary film about the man they knew and loved.

"An extraordinary documentary. … Made with such integrity and sensitivity. I am delighted to see it and to bring my children to see their grandfather in that light."

--Kerry Kennedy, Human Rights Activist, Daughter of Robert F. Kennedy

"To watch him (Robert F. Kennedy), to hear that voice, I wept through most of the film just to see those images again. I was deeply moved and equally inspired. This is very powerful. "

--Martin Sheen, Actor

" A really important work of history because it puts into focus one of the most important utterances of a significant American political figure. This film is a really significant piece of history." --Jeff Greenfield, CBS Senior Political Correspondent

"I loved the film, I thought it was terrific. A very important documentary in an essentially important time in our history, and it tells it from a point of view we haven't seen before." --Pat Mitchell, President & CEO, The Paley Center for Media. Former President, PBS.

The event, sponsored April 1st, 2009 at the Paley Center for Media included a panel discussion panel discussion following the screening and featured the film's creator • Dr. Donald Boggs, the film's creator (General Manager of Covenant Productions and Chair of the Department of Communication Arts at Anderson University) • Kerry Kennedy (Human Rights Activist; Author, Being Catholic Now; and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy) • Rory Kennedy, (filmmaker and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy) • Harold Ford, Jr. (Professor of Public Policy, Vanderbilt University) • Jeff Greenfield (Senior Political Correspondent, CBS Nightly News).

The screening was also attended by Ethel Kennedy as well as actors Martin Sheen, Charles Grodin, and Robert Walden. Ripple continues to pursue broadcast and cable opportunities. For more information visit www.rippleofhopemovie.com

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