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The story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was shot in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California, and twenty-two people in the hotel, whose lives were never the same.

Director:

Emilio Estevez

Writer:

Emilio Estevez
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Belafonte ... Nelson
Joy Bryant ... Patricia
Nick Cannon ... Dwayne
Emilio Estevez ... Tim
Laurence Fishburne ... Edward
Brian Geraghty ... Jimmy
Heather Graham ... Angela
Anthony Hopkins ... John
Helen Hunt ... Samantha
Joshua Jackson ... Wade
David Krumholtz ... Agent Phil
Ashton Kutcher ... Fisher
Shia LaBeouf ... Cooper
Lindsay Lohan ... Diane
William H. Macy ... Paul
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Storyline

Tuesday, June 4, 1968: the California presidential primary. As day breaks Robert F. Kennedy arrives at the Ambassador Hotel; he'll campaign, then speak to supporters at midnight. To capture the texture of the late 1960s, we see vignettes at the hotel: a couple marries so he can avoid Vietnam, kitchen staff discuss race and baseball, a man cheats on his wife, another is fired for racism, a retired hotel doorman plays chess in the lobby with an old friend, a campaign strategist's wife needs a pair of black shoes, two campaign staff trip on LSD, a lounge singer is on the downhill slide. Through it all, we see and hear RFK calling for a better society and a better nation. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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22 lives linked by a moment the world would never forget See more »


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Rated R for language, drug content and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El día que mataron a Kennedy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,039, 19 November 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,242,801

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,597,806, 31 December 2007
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color | Color (archive footage)| Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Martin Sheen (Jack), played Robert F. Kennedy (Bobby) when he was U.S. Attorney General in The Missiles of October (1974), and played his brother, President John F. Kennedy, in the television miniseries Kennedy (1983). See more »

Goofs

The credits include the closing speech detailing the speech as "Robert F. Kennedy's speech, 'On The Mindless Menace of Violence.' The credits say it was delivered in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 5, 1968. This is incorrect; Robert Kennedy gave a speech on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death in Indianapolis on the previous day but gave the speech presented on the recording at the City Club of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. See more »

Quotes

John Casey: [opens the hotel door for Robert F. Kennedy and entourage] Hello, Senator Kennedy.
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Connections

References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

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Grazing in the Grass
Written by Harry Elston (as Harry J. Elston) and Philemon Hou
Performed by Hugh Masekela
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Tedious hagiographic ensemble piece
28 January 2008 | by gus120970See all my reviews

What is it about L.A and ensemble films? The Player, Short Cuts, Crash...Emilio Estevez makes a ham-fisted attempt to fashion a memoriam to the ill-fated brother of JFK using the multi-strand plot and character technique associated with Robert Altman. But Estevez clearly lacks Altman's ability to maintain interest and build character through the use of trivialities, revelations and encounters as the film progresses.

The premise is the 'last day in the life of' Bobby Kennedy as he campaigns in the California Primary of 1968. Except, it's the goings on in the Ambassador Hotel, where he will be shot that evening, that feature rather than the character itself. It's a structural device, perhaps even influenced by the obvious and somewhat alienating reverence that Estevez has for Kennedy.

Excerpts of speeches and public reactions to his visit are inter-cut into the movie, that almost portray him as this Ghandi-like presence, on the cusp of commencing a national transformation that will not only end the war in Vietnam but apparently bring an end to 'hatred and violence' and a new sense of community. What is overlaid across the film with the intent of being inspirational, often comes across as simplistic. Estevez simply does not have a sufficiently detached critical sense to connect to more sceptical viewers. L.A liberals and ageing hippies will of course by weeping into their popcorn buckets.

However, there are a couple of nice turns, which you inevitably get in a film with such a cast. Mentionably, Sharon Stone, whose jaded beautician provides a relatable, pathetic character amongst a range of cyphers who are basically inserted to represent the body politic - old and young, black, white and Hispanic, druggie and idealist.

The final portion is compelling and well shot but the rest of the movie, despite it's attempt to portray America poised on a knifedge, as Kennedy would have it, lacks zest.


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