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The Kennedys 

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The triumphs and tragedies of the most popular political family in American history.
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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 12 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Greg Kinnear ...  Jack Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
Barry Pepper ...  Bobby Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
Katie Holmes ...  Jackie Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
Tom Wilkinson ...  Joe Kennedy Sr. 8 episodes, 2011
Diana Hardcastle ...  Rose Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
Kristin Booth ...  Ethel Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
Rothaford Gray ...  Agent Abraham Bolden 5 episodes, 2011
Janelle Hutchison Janelle Hutchison ...  Evelyn Lincoln 4 episodes, 2011
Rachel Wilson ...  Michelle 4 episodes, 2011
Serge Houde ...  Sam Giancana 4 episodes, 2011
Ava Preston ...  Caroline Kennedy 4 episodes, 2011
Angela Besharah ...  Ann Gargan 4 episodes, 2011
Jonathan Whittaker ...  Robert McNamara 3 episodes, 2011
Don Allison Don Allison ...  Lyndon Johnson 3 episodes, 2011
Barry Flatman ...  General Thomas Bennett 3 episodes, 2011
Dan Lett ...  McGeorge Bundy 3 episodes, 2011
Enrico Colantoni ...  J. Edgar Hoover 3 episodes, 2011
Jane Moffat ...  Letitia Baldrige 3 episodes, 2011
John Bourgeois ...  Dr. Max Jacobson 3 episodes, 2011
Tedde Moore ...  Mrs. Shaw 3 episodes, 2011
Eliza Preston Eliza Preston ...  Caroline Kennedy 2 episodes, 2011
Kristin Adams ...  Cynthia 2 episodes, 2011
Glen Gaston Glen Gaston ...  Dean Rusk 2 episodes, 2011
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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 History Channel Publicity

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The triumphs and the tragedies of America's greatest dynasty. See more »

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Drama | History | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Helen Mirren/Foo Fighters (2011) See more »

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Well done, fictionalized depiction of historical events.
7 April 2011 | by twanted3189See all my reviews

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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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Runtime:

(8 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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