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Chappaquiddick (2017)

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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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John Curran
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Clarke ... Ted Kennedy
Kate Mara ... Mary Jo Kopechne
Ed Helms ... Joseph Gargan
Bruce Dern ... Joseph Kennedy
Jim Gaffigan ... Paul Markham
Olivia Thirlby ... Rachel
Clancy Brown ... Robert McNamara
Taylor Nichols ... Ted Sorensen
John Fiore ... Chief Arena
Gillian Mariner Gordon ... Cricket (as Gillian Gordon)
Katie Henoch ... Suzy (as Kate Henoch)
Lexie Roth ... Nance
Angela Hope Smith ... Maryellen
Vince Tycer ... David Burke
Victor Warren ... Stephen Smith
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Sweden

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chappaquiddick See more »

Filming Locations:

Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$17,395,520, 1 August 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,986,043, 29 July 2018
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Clarke, who plays Ted Kennedy in this film, was born on July 17th, 1969, just one day before the Chappaquiddick incident on July 18th, 1969. See more »

Goofs

The car Ted Kennedy was driving at Chappaquiddick was a 4 door sedan with center pillars behind the front doors. The car in the movie is a 4 door pillarless hardtop. . See more »

Quotes

Joseph Kennedy: You'll never be great.
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Soundtracks

And I Will Follow
Written by Mark Ellerbee & Linda Hargrove
Performed by After All
Courtesy of Now-Again Records
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Should be required viewing in every high school
13 May 2018 | by courtjesSee all my reviews

Ted Kennedy and his memory even today is idolized by various women's groups. This movie shows the truth for those of us who remember his abandonment of Mary Jo and let her die a slow, agonizing death in the car he crashed. And then his contradictory stories in the cover up. The powerful family even reached into the court system to block exhumation of Mary Jo's body, thus helping the extensive coverup. This is a real story about real people and until this movie, the media protected Teddy and his powerful family. More people should see this, the truth should be out there. And Ted Kennedy should not be idolized. He should have faced a jury on manslaughter charges.


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