The story of the most fabled political family in American history, told in a manner similar to The Godfather: a manipulative, egocentric father determined to live out his own ambitions through his sons, who in turn spent their lives dancing to his tune while at the same time trying to stand on their own. This is history through personality - the tangled relationships through which paint a picture of one of the most turbulent periods of the modern age. Viewers will be upstairs at the White House, not in the Cabinet Room. Through iconic events in history - the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights struggle, the mob connection - viewers will learn about the lesser known, yet critical personal stories.Written by
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JFK had Addison's disease, hence the pills he takes and the back issues. This is managed with hydrocortisone but if it is untreated you die. See more »
When "Dr. Feelgood" is injecting Jackie Kennedy the camera shows him withdrawing the needle. As the needle exits her skin, you can see it is a flat spring loaded "Special effects" needle and not a real hypodermic needle. See more »
Well done, fictionalized depiction of historical events.
This mini-series, while interesting and entertaining, need be viewed with an appropriate helping of salt in that there are great liberties taken in regard to "actual" historical events. While I have always had a great respect and admiration for Robert Kennedy, and the huge part he played in the Kennedy administration, that role is, I believe, vastly "overblown" in "The Kennedys". He is depicted as leading his "drug debilitated" brother through several National crises, which seem contrary to historic records of the time, and portray President Kennedy as weak and indecisive. I can see now why some have objected to this "Play" being broadcast on the History Channel, for fear it would be mistaken for a documentary instead of the work of fiction it is. Greg Kinnear was outstanding in his recreation of JFK as was Barry Pepper's RFK. I thought Katie Holmes' portrayal of Jackie to be weak and flawed however. Overall though, I thought "The Kennedys" a good movie, viewed for what it is; fiction.
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