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Robert Kennedy and His Times 

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 »




Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Jordan Charney ...  Arthur Schlesinger 3 episodes, 1985
John Ericson ...  Senator 3 episodes, 1985
Danna Hansen Danna Hansen ...  Lady Bird Johnson 3 episodes, 1985
Mimi Kennedy ...  Pat Kennedy 3 episodes, 1985
Dean Santoro Dean Santoro ...  Fred Dutton 3 episodes, 1985
Charles Bateman ...  Army Gen. Carey 3 episodes, 1985
Juanin Clay ...  Jacqueline Kennedy 3 episodes, 1985
Dorothy Fielding ...  Jean Kennedy 3 episodes, 1985
Belita Moreno ...  Angie Novello 3 episodes, 1985
James Read ...  Teddy Kennedy 3 episodes, 1985
Dennis Redfield ...  Walter Sheridan 3 episodes, 1985
Alan Rosenberg ...  Jack Newfield 3 episodes, 1985
Hansford Rowe ...  Ron McMasters 3 episodes, 1985
Trey Wilson ...  Jimmy Hoffa 3 episodes, 1985
Betsy Baker Betsy Baker ...  Courtney Kennedy 3 episodes, 1985
Jason Bateman ...  Joe Kennedy III 3 episodes, 1985
Jeremy Brown Jeremy Brown ...  Matthew Kennedy 3 episodes, 1985
Shannen Doherty ...  Kathleen Kennedy 3 episodes, 1985
Jordan Denton Jordan Denton ...  Michael Kennedy 3 episodes, 1985
Natalie Gregory ...  Courtney Kennedy 3 episodes, 1985
Becca Gullion ...  Kathleen Kennedy 3 episodes, 1985
Chris Hebert ...  Robert Kennedy Jr. 3 episodes, 1985
River Phoenix ...  Robert Kennedy Jr. 3 episodes, 1985
Steve Rumph Steve Rumph ...  Young Joe Kennedy III 3 episodes, 1985
Branden Williams ...  David Kennedy 3 episodes, 1985
Nancy Abramson Nancy Abramson ...  Woman at Stable 3 episodes, 1985
Phyllis Applegate ...  Ruby 3 episodes, 1985
Amanda Barrett Amanda Barrett ...  Kerry 3 episodes, 1985
Dorothy Butts Dorothy Butts ...  Annie Lee Moss 3 episodes, 1985
Ralph Clift Ralph Clift ...  Gov. Patterson 3 episodes, 1985
Darlene Conley ...  Moderator 3 episodes, 1985
Walter Covell Walter Covell ...  Old-Timer 3 episodes, 1985
Kathy Cronkite ...  Official's Wife 3 episodes, 1985
Reid Cruickshanks Reid Cruickshanks ...  Sam Baron 3 episodes, 1985
Robert Decker Robert Decker ...  Staffer 3 episodes, 1985
Louis De Farra Louis De Farra ...  Waiter 3 episodes, 1985
Ben Fuhrman Ben Fuhrman ...  Edward Partin 3 episodes, 1985
Gokul ...  Nehru 3 episodes, 1985
Albert Hall ...  Roy Wilkins 3 episodes, 1985
Richard Kuss ...  Dave Beck 3 episodes, 1985
Wendy LaMastra Wendy LaMastra ...  Joan Kennedy 3 episodes, 1985
Charles Lanyer Charles Lanyer ...  Porter Biggs 3 episodes, 1985
Christopher Lofton Christopher Lofton ...  Steve Smith 3 episodes, 1985
John McCook ...  Interrogator 3 episodes, 1985
Elizabeth Norment Elizabeth Norment ...  Eunice Kennedy 3 episodes, 1985
Austin Stoker ...  Robert Henderson 3 episodes, 1985
Jack Thibeau ...  Clyde Tolson 3 episodes, 1985
Frank Toste ...  Priest 3 episodes, 1985
Jean-Paul Vignon ...  French General 3 episodes, 1985
Madison Arnold ...  Marvin Haanstra 3 episodes, 1985
Barbara Allyne Bennet Barbara Allyne Bennet ...  Evelyn Lincoln 3 episodes, 1985
Pat Corley ...  Andy McLaughlin 3 episodes, 1985
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ...  Dick Peterson 3 episodes, 1985
Bruce French ...  Frank Simpson 3 episodes, 1985
James Hornbeck James Hornbeck ...  Keating Advisor 3 episodes, 1985
Will Jeffries Will Jeffries ...  Silvio Mollo 3 episodes, 1985
Shelly Lipkin ...  Robert Morgenthau 3 episodes, 1985
Walter Mathews ...  Kenneth Keating 3 episodes, 1985
David Lloyd Nelson David Lloyd Nelson ...  Functionary 3 episodes, 1985
William Wintersole ...  Robert Travis 3 episodes, 1985
Wayne Armstrong Wayne Armstrong ...  First Timberman 3 episodes, 1985
David Austin David Austin ...  Aide 3 episodes, 1985
Joe Dorsey ...  Chief of Police 3 episodes, 1985
Richard Fullerton ...  Second Timberman 3 episodes, 1985
Patrick Gorman ...  John Gunter Dean 3 episodes, 1985
Haven Earle Haley Haven Earle Haley ...  Reporter 3 episodes, 1985
Maurice Marsac ...  Etienne Manac'h 3 episodes, 1985
Bufort McClerkins Bufort McClerkins ...  Roosevelt Grier 3 episodes, 1985
Paul Napier Paul Napier ...  Mayor 3 episodes, 1985
Jerold Pearson Jerold Pearson ...  Adam Walinsky 3 episodes, 1985
Matthew Ribis Matthew Ribis ...  David 3 episodes, 1985
John Scott John Scott ...  John Frankenheimer 3 episodes, 1985
Brent Spiner ...  Allard Lowenstein 3 episodes, 1985
Edmund Tenney Edmund Tenney ...  Minor Functionary 3 episodes, 1985
John Escobar John Escobar 3 episodes, 1985
Walter Gotell ...  Anatoly Dobrynin 3 episodes, 1985
William James Kennedy William James Kennedy ...  Longshoreman 3 episodes, 1985
Cady McClain ...  Young Pat 3 episodes, 1985


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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Veronica Cartwright 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 sychonicSee 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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27 January 1985 (USA) See more »

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