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.


Pablo Larraín


Noah Oppenheim
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 44 wins & 163 nominations. See more awards »





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


This movie 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 (Natalie Portman). 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Today, "Camelot" is a title often used to refer to John F. Kennedy's tenure as President of the United States of America. But it was actually Jacqueline Kennedy who introduced the idea after Kennedy's death. Jackie's real-life interview with LIFE Magazine inspired the reel interview depicted in this movie. In the interview, Jackie spoke of her husband's love of the 1960 Lerner and Loewe musical titled "Camelot", which was later filmed in the 1960s, and especially the lyrics: "Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot." That brief shining moment became a powerful descriptor of Kennedy's sudden loss that reverberated. Said Jackie in the interview: "There will be great Presidents again, but there will never be another Camelot." See more »


In the film the Journalist played by Billy Crudup interviews Jackie for an article. The location in the film is portrayed as "Hyannis Port" when in actuality Jackie was interviewed in early 1964 but it was in her new townhouse in the heart of Washington. See more »


[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 what I...
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Referenced in Film 2018: Episode #46.3 (2017) See more »


Camelot: Finale Ultimo
Composed by Frederick Loewe
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Performed by Richard Burton and the Camelot Ensemble
Published by Chappell & Co., Inc.
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment
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So much wasted potential...
5 February 2017 | by DonGoothioSee all my reviews

Somewhere in the process of making this movie, I'm sure there was a good script. Somewhere, perhaps even the editing room floor, there may even still be a good movie to be found... Sadly, such a film was not seen on screen.

When first announced, I was so excited for this. A stellar cast, a strong concept, and to boot the trailer was original and looked promising!

To be fair and give credit,the cast all perform admirably and Portman deserves the praise she is receiving. The fault does not lie there.

From the opening shots of the movie, accompanied by its dismal score that grates on your senses, prospects begin to dim. Such poorly framed and composed shots I have not seen in a major motion picture in a very, very long time and as the story unfolds haphazardly with its clunky editing and snails pace, hope in the auditorium began to fade.

I stayed awake throughout - though the task proved difficult and I cannot say the same for many of my fellow movie goers...

In the end, it is such a shame as there was so much potential here that is wasted by poor editing, direction, cinematography, and score and even in spite of strong performances and a compelling script somewhere beneath, this whole production tragically falls to tedium...

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Release Date:

2 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$278,715, 4 December 2016

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Color | Black and White (some sequences)

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1.66 : 1
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