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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

The thinly vieled so-called Kennedy curse, refers to the various tragic events and deaths that have befallen Ted and the Kennedy family, over many years. Starting with sister Rosemary's botched brain surgery (lobodomy) in 1941, brother Joe Kennedy, Jr's 1944 sudden death (plane crash), sister Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy's death in 1948 (plane crash), JFK and Jackie's loss of their infant son in 1963, the assasination of JFK in 1963, a plane in 1964 carrying Ted Kennedy and others, crashed killing the pilot and an aide, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy in 1968, Ted Kennedy charged with leaving the scene at Chappaquidick in 1969, Ted Kennedy's son, Ted Jr., looses his leg in 1973, RFK's nephew Michael Skakel charged with murder in 1975 (litigation pending), RFK's son David's death in 1984 (drug overdose), Ted Kennedy's nephew, William Kennedy Smith attempted rape charge in 1991 (later acquitted), another RFK son Michael's death in 1997 (ski accident) and the deaths of John Kennedy Jr,, his wife and and sister-in-law in 1999 (plane crash) 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 »

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Joseph Kennedy: You'll never be great.
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The truth is out there, not here
5 July 2018 | by pietclausenSee all my reviews

This film disappoints. I remember the event quite well and most of the true happenings were covered up and this movie does nothing to add to the truth.

We will never know the complete truth, but money talks and happened in the cover up, but this was not even included in this film. It appears that even 50 odd years later, it is still impossible to get the whole truth, so the Kennedy power still reigns.

A sad day. I feel this movie should not have been released as the speculation will continue, yet a person lost her life and the culprit got away with it.


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