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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

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 »

Quotes

Joseph Kennedy: You'll never be great.
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Connections

Featured in Conan: Ed Helms/Miles Brown/The Breeders (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

And I Will Follow
Written by Mark Ellerbee & Linda Hargrove
Performed by After All
Courtesy of Now-Again Records
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Politics and the reason why I hate it.
31 July 2018 | by deloudelouvainSee all my reviews

Let's just say Chappaquiddick is not the kind of movie I'm normally interested in. Politics, is there anything more boring than politics? They are all corrupted and the only thing that drives them is greed and power. In Chappaquiddick they show what happened with Ted Kennedy, the fourth brother, the only one still alive, the one who murdered a secretary. And yes I say murdered because she could have been saved. The good thing about the movie is the acting, that's good and you can't deny that. The story is what it is, the exact thing that would happen when a powerful rich person gets involved in the death of somebody, he just gets away with it and nobody cares. That's how our society works, there is a law for the rich and a law for the poor. Disgusting but nothing new. All in all the movie is worth a watch but don't expect a masterpiece.


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