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Jackie (2016)

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Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.

Director:

Pablo Larraín

Writer:

Noah Oppenheim
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 42 wins & 160 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Jackie Kennedy
Peter Sarsgaard ... Bobby Kennedy
Greta Gerwig ... Nancy Tuckerman
Billy Crudup ... The Journalist
John Hurt ... The Priest
Richard E. Grant ... Bill Walton
Caspar Phillipson ... John Fitzgerald Kennedy
John Carroll Lynch ... Lyndon B Johnson
Beth Grant ... Lady Bird Johnson
Max Casella ... Jack Valenti
Sara Verhagen ... Mary Gallagher
Hélène Kuhn ... Pam Turnure
Deborah Findlay ... Maud Shaw
Corey Johnson ... Larry O'Brien
Aidan O'Hare ... Kenny O' Donnell
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Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Kennedy. Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that she created and loved so well. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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I want them to see what they have done to Jack.


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Rated R for brief strong violence and some language | See all certifications »

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USA | France | Chile | Hong Kong | Germany

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Džeki See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$278,715, 2 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,958,679, 14 April 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,692,444, 27 January 2017
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Color | Black and White (some sequences)

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1.66 : 1
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First major theatrical feature film relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, since Parkland (2013), which had been released in the 50th Anniversary year of his death. See more »

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When Jackie is preparing to leave the White House, we see her halfheartedly packing some of the boxes herself. While the viewer is free to believe this or not, no one can really contest it either. What is manifestly untrue however is the plastic packing tape she uses to seal the boxes. This tape would only become available more than a decade later. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Journalist: Mrs. Kennedy? They told me to come up. And I'm so sorry for your loss.
Jackie Kennedy: Have you read what they've been writing? Krock and Merriman and all the rest?
The Journalist: Yes, I have.
Jackie Kennedy: Merriman's such a bitter man. It's been just one week. Already they're treating him like some dusty old artifact to be shelved away. That's no way to be remembered.
The Journalist: And how would you like him remembered, Mrs. Kennedy?
Jackie Kennedy: [stammering] I...
Jackie Kennedy: You understand that I will be editing this conversation just in case I don't say exactly ...
[...]
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Happy Birthday
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill (as Public Domain)
Performed by Natalie Portman, Greta Gerwig, Deborah Findlay,Sunnie Pelant, Aiden Weinberg and Brody Weinberg
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One major caveat, but this is an Oscar sure-thing for Natalie Portman
19 September 2016 | by Art SnobSee all my reviews

I saw this at one of my rare non-balcony screenings at this year's TIFF with Chilean director Pablo Larrain (who had another film at the festival, the Spanish language NERUDA) present and available for a post-screening Q & A.

First things first. If you thought Helen Mirren as THE QUEEN, Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf, and Meryl Streep as THE IRON LADY gave great, deservedly Oscar-winning performances in biopics, know that Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy gives a performance here that's every bit in their league. This almost makes you wince at the thought of how much talent was going underutilized in all those Star Wars and Thor movies, but I'm glad that they made it possible for her to play a role like this one. Truly out of the park.

I can't see this film not picking up multiple nominations. Pablo and the picture should both be nominated, but they'll have a tough time taking home the prizes over Damien Chazelle and LA LA LAND (which I also saw and am sure will be a big hit). The cinematography, editing, set design, and ESPECIALLY the makeup are all first-rate and deserving.

There may be a nomination among the supporting players: Peter Sarsgaard is excellent as the thoroughly-broken Bobby Kennedy, and his consideration should benefit from the contrast with his highly-visible role as the head baddie in the remake of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (also seen at TIFF) which is certainly destined for commercial success. (BTW, he's just adequate in that role – no match for Eli Wallach in the original.)

About that caveat: The film leaves the impression that there was a national day of mourning the day of the Kennedy funeral, so I inquired of Larrain (who speaks only limited English) why the film didn't address the controversy about the NFL playing a full schedule on the same day. It turned out that he didn't know what the NFL was and had to be informed by the moderator. I didn't really catch his reply, something about things having to go on.

Another quibble: The framing device is an interview Jackie gave to Theodore White a week after the assassination, but White is not identified and is played by Billy Cruddup, who looks nothing like him. The familiarity Jackie had with him is nowhere to be found.

Misimpressions aside, this is a must-see for anyone with a taste for great acting. Let the aforementioned performances be your guide -- that or a desire to see Portman one-up her Oscar turn in BLACK SWAN.


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