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.
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
Cast members were also pulled into the project by the complexities of their characters. Sharon Stone, who portrays Paul Ebbers' (William H. Macy's) cheated-upon wife, loved the idea of playing a 1960s hairdresser. She observed: "I liked the part, because I think the beauty salon was really the psychiatrist's office in the '60s. Everyone comes in to tell her their personal story. I also like the way the script deals with how Miriam is betrayed by her unfaithful husband in a way that feels so true to the times." For Stone, there was a feeling on the set of this film unlike any other film she's made in her extensive and diverse career. Stone commented: "It was a poetic feeling. To be in the Ambassador (Hotel) and touch those powerful moments and be educated by that time again. It was something very special." See more »
The slogan "The once and future king" on the kitchen wall was written by Edward (Laurence Fishburne), who was left handed. As such the first couple of words are rubbed slightly by his sleeve. In the final scene we see a blood-spattered slogan, this time written perfectly without the faded first couple of words. See more »
Why do you want to get stoned?
We want to get stoned, because it feels good, man.
Bingo, because it feels good! You want to get stoned, because it feels good! Right?
Why is that wrong?
Because it's a cop out...
Ok, then can you explain to us why for what other reason than the fact it feels good, do we want to get stoned, man?
Because it's our way, of getting closer, to god.
That is what you're looking for; except for you didn't know it, until this minute.
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I saw the movie "Bobby" as part of the Vienna International Film Festival last week and thought it was an incredibly powerful film. The movie focuses on around 20 people in and around the Ambassador Hotel the day that Robert Kennedy was shot there. The large cast never seems overwhelming. The characters are clear enough that we remember what they were doing the last time we saw them, but we never feel like they are merely one-dimensional. Emilio Estevez really hit the jackpot with his cast - they all are 100% committed to their roles and the audience simply gets lost in the era.
The cast is phenomenal - the standouts include Sharon Stone (who has a a chance at a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination if the Academy can overlook Basic Instinct 2), Nick Cannon as a young Black-American working on the campaign, and Freddy Rodriguez as a young Latino working in the kitchen. The later two, combined with Lindsey Lohan as a woman marrying to save a man's life, serve as the heart of the movie and bring a well-balanced view of many of the hot issues of the day.
The movie has an incredible, emotional climax that is enhanced by an actual speech of Bobby Kennedy. The audio and visual clips of Kennedy serve as snapshots into his life and the work he did during his short time in the public eye. You can read whatever you want to into the political agenda of the movie, but in the end this movie is a tribute to Robert F. Kennedy and his time.
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