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Power and Beauty (2002)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 21 July 2002
A woman claims she had an affair with John F. Kennedy.

Director:

Susan Seidelman

Writers:

William Bast (story), Paul Huson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Henstridge ... Judy Exner
Kevin Anderson ... John F. Kennedy
Peter Friedman ... Sam Giancana
John Ralston ... Frank Sinatra
Chris Owens ... Weston
Katie Griffin ... Jacqueline
Tony Nappo ... Roselli
Cedric Smith ... Thompson
Grant Nickalls ... Billy Campbell
Ronn Sarosiak Ronn Sarosiak ... Hendricks
Bill Lake ... Fred
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Katherine
Paul Thomas Gordon Paul Thomas Gordon ... Peter
Kaya McGregor Kaya McGregor ... Pat
Martin Doyle ... Stivers
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A woman claims she had an affair with John F. Kennedy.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Judith Exner Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$5,400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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A pack of cigarettes is seen on the table in the nightclub scene near the first of the film. It shows "Lucky Strikes" on the package and the cigarettes are filters. There were no Lucky Strike Filters in 1960. See more »

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Farewell Paradise
Written by Rick Rhodes and Grant Geissman
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Where's Bobby?
24 June 2006 | by krorieSee all my reviews

This so-called expose of the Kennedy Administration's close ties with the mob tells nothing that hasn't been printed millions of times before. That he detested FBI director J. Edgar Hoover but couldn't bring him down because of his "file" on Kennedy has been buzzed about in the media for at least thirty years. Kennedy's girlfriends slipping in and out of the White House for rendezvous with the Chief Executive in the "Harding" closet is also passé. The Bay of Pigs fiasco has been worked to death by the media too. So why spend tons of money on a made-for-cable feature about a topic now irrelevant by overexposure? It's obvious from production values that not much dough was wasted by Showtime on this time filler.

The casting is poor as far as lookalikes. Even the lead Natasha Henstridge as Judy Exner doesn't resemble the Kennedy paramour very much. She would actually have done better playing Jackie. And where's Bobby? President Kennedy relied heavily on his younger brother for guidance and advice. Bobby was a key figure in taking Marilyn Monroe off the President's hands following her Happy Birthday indiscretion on national TV. John and Robert were nearly always together. In this film, he is only mentioned once or twice and never shown.

The movie does reveal Judy Exner as being naive not only in romance but also in politics. Obviously caught up in the glitz and glitter of high society and Washington politics, she went along for the thrill ride with no thought of the consequences. That she was used and abused by the Kennedy bunch is difficult to believe. After all, what did she really have to offer in return besides sex? And even that came easy for JFK, the sixty-second man.


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