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  • Actors: Andrew Rayden, Martin Sheen, John Shea, E.G. Marshall, Geraldine Fitzgerald
  • Directors: Jim Goddard
  • Writers: Reg Gadney
  • Producers: Alan Landsburg, Andrew Brown, Bob Morris, Joan Barnett, Margaret Matheson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct. 2003
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C88LD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,039 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Although the Kennedy family are never far from the headlines, it was John F. Kennedy who was the most celebrated and notorious of the clan. The 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy was also the country’s first Roman Catholic President, its richest and its youngest to die in office. Kennedy’s administration attracted some of the most brilliant young men and women in America and together they recreated the twentieth century version of King Arthur’s court at Camelot. He and his beautiful wife Jackie (Blair Brown) captured the imagination of people the world over.

Kennedy is the behind-the-scenes story of JFK’s dynamic Presidential years, from the night before his election in November 1960 to the afternoon of his assassination on 22nd November 1963. It covers momentous events including the abortive invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, the turmoil of violent racial conflict, the escalation of America’s involvement in Vietnam and the Missile Crisis. It also explores the private life of the man – the tragic death of his son aged only 39 hours and his chronic womanizing, scrutinized by the FBI under the leadership of the sinister and obsessive J. Edgar Hoover.

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Made in 1983, the US TV mini-series Kennedy has Martin Sheen playing a president well before his stint on The West Wing. All of the momentous events of JFK's remarkable term are covered (with actual news footage used to excellent effect), but it is the portrayal of the entire Kennedy family as real, flawed people that gives Kennedy its power. The Kennedys gossip, snipe, joke and bother each other like a real family rather than rigid historical figures or threadbare caricatures. Sheen plays JFK as a man with lofty ideals who is more than willing to dirty his hands to serve his greater purpose. Blair Brown plays Jacqueline Kennedy with a shrewd understanding of politics, but also a whiff of vanity. In addition to the strong performances by both leads, Vincent Gardenia gives a brilliant performance as J Edgar Hoover: stiff, quirky and strange, prurient and moralistic at the same time and boiling with hatred. --Ali Davis

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Uenna TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Jan. 2011
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Prior to watching this DVD, my knowledge of the Kennedy family and the JFK years were scanty, this movie helped to fill in a lot of gaps with its factual and historical accuracy. This forced me to read more on that vital part of history. The Amazon product review has already described the content and synopsis of this DVD, it suffices for me to say that this is a factual and accurate account, and that real life footages were used to good effect. I think Mr. Sheen was a good choice for a young dynamic JFK and John Shea an excellent Robert Kennedy, while Blair Brown was undoubtedly Jackie Kennedy. The rest of the cast E.G. Marshall as Joseph Kennedy, Geraldine Fitzgerald as Rose and Vincent Gardenia as Kennedy's nemesis J. Edgar Hoover did not disappoint.

I was filled with so much sadness at the end of the movie with the events on the 22nd of November 1963. On reflection I wondered if the lessons of history had been learnt; - is the world a safer place, are we more tolerant of one another, where did all the hatred come from, who killed such a young and well meaning president, whose volition to set America and the World on a course that will raise the profile of all humanity was not only clear to see but a beacon of hope for all?. I am glad this DVD exists and would recommend it to all interested in American history or history of the Kennedy family.
The is a two pack DVD set, with special features which include real life footages of prominent events in the JFK era namely:
The inaugural address by JFK - Washington DC Jan 20TH.
One week in October - a 30 minute documentary chronicling the Cuban Missile Crisis
One Day In Berlin- 30 minute documentary featuring JFK'S historic speech at the Berlin wall
The last two days - a 20 minute documentary covering JFK'S last fatal trip to Texas.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Beryl Hannaford on 27 Nov. 2012
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I saw part of the mini series and this has lived up to my expectations. Great. Had intended keeping it until later but could not resist.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nick on 12 Feb. 2004
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The DVD box set offers excellent value for money and Martin Sheen and John Shea are very powerful as the Kennedy Brothers. History is repeated with accuracy although my only critisism is that their golden era is portrayed as just that "golden" although it clearly wasnt. I would still recommend this set to anyone for a rainy Sunday afternoon in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By christine dixon on 21 May 2014
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what an excellant film no one plays kennedy like martin sheen i love this film it's my favourite political film martin sheen should be the real president he'd make a good one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bull shu on 2 April 2013
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John Kennedy was best remembered as the president who stood up to communism on three fronts:the Berlin wall, south east Asia and Cuba.
The sons and daughter, the in-laws and the kids playing football in the front lawn, that must be the Kennedys, a mythical picture which drew me to read about them. Jackie or Jackie Onasise, to me, was the real survivor. The loving mother who shielded their children from the publicity, protected them to make sure they had a normal childhood and at the same time never to forget their father was a good politician. At least his colleagues in the presidential office would testify to that.
Jackie Kennedy was the simple first lady and then,the young widow,turned out to be the strongest.Her son John-John died before her in an air crash.
The movie took the audience on a gentle journey of nostalgia without too much criticism. The jokes were stale because it belonged to the sixties. Even the rocking chair was kept to the details.
The dark shadow of Edgar Hoover,the FBI chief, was a distant past.
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By Mark John on 6 Oct. 2012
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It is interesting to see Martin Sheen practise hos later Bartlett rile but his supporting cast are not quite there.

This was an ambitious mini-series which foes assume a certain familiarity with the Kennedy story....maybe why it hasn't been aired in the UK?

Production values are not anything close to the West Wing but it is a valid piece of docu-histo on the whole JFK thing. If you are going to buy it, do so, though.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S.Jay on 5 May 2011
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I really enjoyed it. I was a youngster when JFK was elected and there is no doubt in my mind that he was the best President to sit on Washington's throne in my lifetime. I recall hearing the original inaugural speech but don't recall it being quite that long! Martin Sheen was a good choice as JFK but (as I recall) lacked his special joie de vivre which no actor has been able to emulate. The entire cast did a great job. Casting Blair Brown as Jackie was perfection, Vincent Gardenia's
portrayal of J. Edgar Hoover was remarkable although I felt that it was often over-dramatized which likely was intended to add emphasis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen on 8 Aug. 2013
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Huge fans of the West wing and despite the age of this series just shows how good Martin Sheen is.
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