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.
The film depicts Kennedy being rowed across the Katama Bay Channel to Edgartown after the accident. Kennedy testified that he swam the 500 feet. How Kennedy returned to the mainland is one of the many inconsistencies with the events of that night. Columnist Jack Anderson reported only a month after the incident that Kennedy was, in fact, taken to shore by boat as shown in the film. See more »
Although Bruce Dern makes a powerful (albeit mostly mute) appearance in the film in the role of Joseph Kennedy Sr., Ted's mother Rose is not depicted at all. What a strange decision to utterly omit her in the interest of tight storytelling, given the significant presence she surely must have been during those days. See more »
Powerful and corrupt politicians, cops and judges all backed up Teddy's involvement and instead of manslaughter charges, he became the Lion of the Senate.
This movie is superb and doesnt condemn or vilify the late Senator. Rather, it illustrates what people, like me, who lived through the time period believed: that Teddy successfully used his family connections to get special treatment from the criminal justice system. It also portrays the Kopchene as regular, trusting people who had no choice but to believe, or at least pretend to believe, the powerful Kennedys version of events. Go see it and form your own opinion.
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