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.
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
In a period of just a week, Jacqueline Kennedy, this fiercely private woman had to face unthinkable personal loss, hard political realities, a nation in the throes of a collective trauma and, amidst all the uncertainty, Washington machinery and public scrutiny, the responsibility of keeping alive all that her husband wanted to stand for in America. Though today, he is among the most beloved of U.S. Presidents, John F. Kennedy's legacy was hardly assured upon his death. He had spent just two years and nine months in office, and the fear among those closest to him was that all he aimed for would be forgotten because the potential had gone unfulfilled. In the midst of her own anguish, Jackie steeled herself with a single-minded mission: to tell her husband's story in a way that it would always be remembered, as brief but shining moment of American promise. See more »
In a scene in Dallas, where Kennedy's limousine is rushing to the hospital immediately after the shooting, the sky overhead is cloudy and overcast. On November 22, 1963, the skies over Dallas were clear and sunny. (The overcast sky in this scene may be a symbolic choice by the director. Other scenes in the film that take place in Dallas on this same day show the skies as sunny and bright.) See more »
Mrs. Kennedy? They told me to come up. And I'm so sorry for your loss.
Have you read what they've been writing? Krock and Merriman and all the rest?
Yes, I have.
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.
And how would you like him remembered, Mrs. Kennedy?
You understand that I will be editing this conversation just in case I don't say exactly ...
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I'm surprised to see so many bad reviews of this film on IMDb. I would be interested to know how many of them came from people who are too young to remember the Kennedy assassination or much about Mrs. Kennedy.
Okay, several people were angry that John-John in the movie didn't salute the casket.
One review referred to the story as "horrible and morbid." Guess what - it is.
One review said Jackie was a "housewife." I won't dignify that with a response.
Natalie Portman was criticized for doing a "cringe-worthy" imitation. Her voice and accent were found hilarious.
And it was called "boring" over and over again.
I understand that to each his own, and I respect that. I'm just surprised.
I first of all did not find this film at all boring. I found it emotional, compelling, and interesting - and despite what someone said here, I did find out things I never knew.
I thought Natalie Portman did a brilliant job and, while the role didn't offer as much as Viola Davis' did in Fences, I would not have been upset to see her win another Oscar. There was nothing wrong with her accent, that's how Mrs. Kennedy talked. If you don't believe me, go to youtube and listen to the tapes.
The film focused on Jackie after the assassination, but it was shown, as were earlier times, such as her televised tour of the White House. I thought the film mixed with the actual footage was excellent.
The clothes were perfection. Like others, I did not care for the music and what I really did not care for was the music at the end.
The rest of the cast did an admirable job - John Hurt, Greta Gerwig, and Billy Crudup. I was disappointed in Peter Sarsgaard, but I think he was trying to convey Bobby's shock and grief. He's a good actor normally but not very successful here.
I found this a poignant film and a stunning portrait of Jackie Kennedy and what she suffered as a result of the assassination.
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