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The Kennedys of Massachusetts 

This sweeping mini-series profiling the Kennedy family ran three nights. The film chronicles 55 years in the lives of the family opening in 1906 with the marriage of Joseph P. Kennedy, a ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Casey Affleck ...  Robert Kennedy - Ages 12-15 3 episodes, 1990
Cindy Baer ...  Rose's Friend - 1906 3 episodes, 1990
Deborah Bancroft Deborah Bancroft ...  Sissy Thomas 3 episodes, 1990
Paul Bronk ...  Bartender 3 episodes, 1990
Sullivan Brown Sullivan Brown ...  King George 3 episodes, 1990
Allyn Burrows Allyn Burrows ...  G.I. 3 episodes, 1990
Karen Chaffee Karen Chaffee ...  Patricia Kennedy - Ages 13-14 3 episodes, 1990
Ken Cheeseman ...  Ormsby-Gore 3 episodes, 1990
Mara Clark Mara Clark ...  Maid Ruth 3 episodes, 1990
Jordan Clarke Jordan Clarke ...  James Reedy 3 episodes, 1990
Richard Clarke Richard Clarke ...  Neville Chamberlain 3 episodes, 1990
Father Coppenrath Father Coppenrath ...  Priest 3 episodes, 1990
Joe Costa Joe Costa ...  David Sarnoff 3 episodes, 1990
Dawn Couch Dawn Couch ...  Cora 3 episodes, 1990
Michael Cumpsty ...  Billy Hartington 3 episodes, 1990
Jean De Baer Jean De Baer ...  Josie Fitzgerald 3 episodes, 1990
Jerome Dempsey ...  Joe Kane 3 episodes, 1990
Bill Devany Bill Devany ...  Saloon Patron 3 episodes, 1990
Frank Dolan Frank Dolan ...  Dr. Place 3 episodes, 1990
Bruce Donaldson Bruce Donaldson ...  Customer's Man 3 episodes, 1990
William Duff-Griffin William Duff-Griffin ...  Henry Fitzgerald 3 episodes, 1990
Matthew Dundas Matthew Dundas ...  Ted Kennedy - Ages 12-14 3 episodes, 1990
Paul Dunn Paul Dunn ...  Clark 3 episodes, 1990
Charles Durning ...  John 'Honey Fitz' Fitzgerald 3 episodes, 1990
Michael Flanagan Michael Flanagan ...  Dr. Coleman 3 episodes, 1990
Hal Fletcher Hal Fletcher ...  Earl Warren 3 episodes, 1990
Will Gardner Will Gardner ...  Robert Kennedy - Age 7 3 episodes, 1990
Edwin Gerard Edwin Gerard ...  Henri 3 episodes, 1990
Peter Gerety ...  Irish Driver 3 episodes, 1990
Thomas Gibson ...  Peter Fitzwilliam 3 episodes, 1990
Michael Goodwin ...  Joe Kennedy Jr. - Ages 11-12 3 episodes, 1990
Sam Gray Sam Gray ...  William Burke 3 episodes, 1990
Tim Halligan ...  Eddie Moore 3 episodes, 1990
Beth Herzig Beth Herzig ...  Jean Kennedy - Ages 16-20 3 episodes, 1990
Pat Hingle ...  P.J. Kennedy 3 episodes, 1990
James Huston ...  Joe Gargan 3 episodes, 1990
Venus Irving-Prescott Venus Irving-Prescott ...  Club Singer 3 episodes, 1990
David Ives David Ives ...  Headmaster 3 episodes, 1990
Keith Jochim Keith Jochim ...  Dr. Martin 3 episodes, 1990
Eddie Jones ...  Jim Fitzgerald 3 episodes, 1990
Kristen Lee Kelly Kristen Lee Kelly ...  Patricia Kennedy 3 episodes, 1990
Tom Kemp ...  Hill 3 episodes, 1990
Lily Knight ...  Pat Wilson 3 episodes, 1990
Pete Kovner Pete Kovner ...  Harry 3 episodes, 1990
Thomas Krajewski Thomas Krajewski ...  Jack Kennedy - Ages 9-12 3 episodes, 1990
Olek Krupa ...  Erich Von Stroheim 3 episodes, 1990
June Lion June Lion ...  Nurse 3 episodes, 1990
Jane Loranger Jane Loranger ...  Agnes Firtzgerald 3 episodes, 1990
Deirdre Lovejoy ...  Rosemary Kennedy 3 episodes, 1990
Dante Magnani Dante Magnani ...  Joe Kennedy Jr. - Ages 2-4 3 episodes, 1990
Kate Mailer Kate Mailer ...  Victoria 3 episodes, 1990
Bernie McInerney Bernie McInerney ...  Dr. Bowles 3 episodes, 1990
Randle Mell ...  Robert Kennedy 3 episodes, 1990
Chris Milberg Chris Milberg ...  Newsboy #2 3 episodes, 1990
Leah Monagle Leah Monagle ...  Eunice Fitzgerald - Age 5 3 episodes, 1990
Bill Moor Bill Moor ...  Louis Howe 3 episodes, 1990
Hubert Murray Hubert Murray ...  Secretary 3 episodes, 1990
Hugo Napier Hugo Napier ...  Butler 3 episodes, 1990
Kelsey Nichols Kelsey Nichols ...  Kathleen Kennedy - Ages 8-9 3 episodes, 1990
Remi Nichols Remi Nichols ...  Rosemary Kennedy - Ages 8-11 3 episodes, 1990
Christina Nikitas Christina Nikitas ...  Jack Kennedy - Ages 2-3 3 episodes, 1990
Annette O'Toole ...  Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy 3 episodes, 1990
Madolyn Smith Osborne ...  Gloria Swanson 3 episodes, 1990
Dossy Peabody Dossy Peabody ...  Catherine Falvey 3 episodes, 1990
William Petersen ...  Joseph P. Kennedy 3 episodes, 1990
Tracy Pollan ...  Kathleen Kennedy 3 episodes, 1990
Richard Provost Richard Provost ...  Chief Justice 3 episodes, 1990
Mathew Quinn Mathew Quinn ...  Pianist 3 episodes, 1990
Halina Radosz Halina Radosz ...  Eunice Kennedy 3 episodes, 1990
Beckett Royce Beckett Royce ...  New York Woman 3 episodes, 1990
Danielle Schonback Danielle Schonback ...  Jean Kennedy - Ages 9-12 3 episodes, 1990
Fiona Scoones Fiona Scoones ...  Young Woman 3 episodes, 1990
Campbell Scott ...  Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. 3 episodes, 1990
Ryan Shaughnessy Ryan Shaughnessy ...  Ted Kennedy - Ages 5-6 3 episodes, 1990
Josef Sommer ...  Franklin D. Roosevelt 3 episodes, 1990
Shaun Sullivan Shaun Sullivan ...  Newsboy #1 3 episodes, 1990
John Terrence John Terrence ...  Gloria's Butler 3 episodes, 1990
Brian Tierney Brian Tierney ...  Jimmy Roosevelt 3 episodes, 1990
Jennifer Walsh Jennifer Walsh ...  Rosemary Kennedy - Ages 1-4 3 episodes, 1990
Steven Weber ...  John F. Kennedy 3 episodes, 1990
Bronia Wheeler Bronia Wheeler ...  Nun 3 episodes, 1990
Bates Wilder ...  Classmate 3 episodes, 1990
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This sweeping mini-series profiling the Kennedy family ran three nights. The film chronicles 55 years in the lives of the family opening in 1906 with the marriage of Joseph P. Kennedy, a Harvard graduate, to Rose Fitzgerald, the daughter of Boston's Mayor. The first night focuses on the marriage's troubled years and Rose's strength in developing a real family. The second night covered the years of 1928 - 1940 and Jospeh's years as working as a movie producer and then an ambassador. The final night follows the Kennedy's tragedies during World War II and follows the post war years political successes of John Kennedy. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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ADMIRE THEM, OR CONDEMN THEM - this controversial story unveils the truth behind the Kennedy Dynasty. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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| (5 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Then "98-year-old matriarch Rose Kennedy . . . was instrumental in enabling both the author [Doris Kearns Goodwin] and the producers to tell this latest version of the Kennedy legend" according to a 20th November 1988 article by Clarke Taylor published in the Los Angeles Times. It continued: "This, despite the fact that Doris Kearns Goodwin pulls few punches in chronicling the darker sides of Camelot." See more »

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Entertaining
8 November 1999 | by suessisSee all my reviews

I have seen this Mini at least three times and have been impressed with its ambition. It attempts to cover almost the entire marriage of Rose and Joe Kennedy and does so with minimal confusion and clutter. While I had some trouble the first night following the action the rest seemed to be cohesive and entertaining.

William Peterson and Annette O'Toole are outstanding as Joe and Rose. Peterson's performance gives Joe Kennedy an evil undertone that is almost too hard to deal with. You lose respect for him as time goes on, particularly when it comes to the way in which he treats the women.

Charles Durning is fabulous as Rose's father "Honey Fitz", and there are also some interesting performances among the younger members of the cast, particularly Tracey Polan as Kick and Campbell Scott as Joe, Jr.


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