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Chappaquiddick (2017)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Thriller | 6 April 2018 (USA)
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Depicting Ted Kennedy's involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ted Kennedy
... Joseph Gargan
... Markham
... Mary Jo Kopechne
... Joseph Kennedy
... Chief Arena
... Cricket (as Gillian Gordon)
... Rachel
... Suzy (as Kate Henoch)
... Nance
... Maryellen
... David Burke (as Vincent Tycer)
... Stephen Smith
... Sorenson
... Sargent Shriver (as David DeBeck)
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The scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. Not only did this event take the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, but it ultimately changed the course of presidential history forever. Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran and writers Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen, intimately expose the broad reach of political power, the influence of America's most celebrated family; and the vulnerability of Ted Kennedy, the youngest son, in the shadow of his family legacy.

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The Untold True Story


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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, disturbing images, some strong language, and historical smoking | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,765,854, 8 April 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,182,467, 21 May 2018
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Trivia

When Ted is being chastised by his lawyers for his actions, they refer to his actions as "John Wayne stuff." Bruce Dern, who plays Joseph Kennedy, Sr. in this film, had previously appeared with Wayne in the film The Cowboys, killing his character. It was one of Wayne's few on-screen deaths. See more »

Goofs

The exterior door used in the movie as the home of the Kopechnes is a fiberglass model with an oval glass insert with brass caming. This style of door didn't exist until the mid 1980s. See more »


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Written by Alexander McCabe
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A solid meh.
19 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

Finding the right words to describe my experience with this movie is difficult. It isn't a bad movie, but it suffers from, for want of a better phrase, almost an unwitting weightlessness. It's an odd thing to say considering the topic of the movie, but it genuinely felt, not so much monotone as playing against the line of atonal.

Ed Helms did a fantastic job, and plays the only character that I felt had any depth and humanity. I would love to say that this was the point, that the movie intended to highlight the sociopathic dissection and handling of this scandal, but it misses the mark of giving the story that kind of weight. There isn't enough of an exploration of the polarity between Helms and everyone else, just a series of one off exhibitions of it, each of which then naturally falls flat. No disrespect to Jim Gaffigan, but his character was more or less irrelevant. He did absolutely nothing the entire time, had minimal dialogue, and went along with whatever was happening with as little a sense of existence as possible while still being one of the most seen characters in the film.

I wouldn't recommend investing in seeing this movie, as much as I hate to say something like that. I saw it in theaters with a movie pass ticket, going in with the mindset "eh, why not?", and that seems about the best way to experience it. The actors all did a great job, and the script seemed perfectly fine, but the direction did not give enough definition or weight to the story.


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