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The Kennedys [DVD]
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The story of the most fabled political family in American history, told in a manner similar to The Godfather: a manipulative, egocentric father determined to live out his own ambitions through his sons, who in turn spent their lives dancing to his tune while at the same time trying to stand on their own. This is history through personality - the tangled relationships through which paint a picture of one of the most turbulent periods of the modern age. Viewers will be upstairs at the White House, not in the Cabinet Room. Through iconic events in history - the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights struggle, the mob connection - viewers will learn about the lesser known, yet critical personal stories.
Episode 1 – Joe’s Revenge
The Kennedys rally to put Jack in the White House, but their difficult past illuminates a deeper struggle.
Episode 2 – TBA
The Presidential election comes down to the wire; Bobby tells Joe Sr. he’s leaving politics.
Episode 3 – Us Against Them
When the Bay of Pigs invasion proves disastrous, JFK makes a difficult decision he must later atone for.
Episode 4 – Who’s in Charge Here?
The Russians build a wall separating east and West Berlin, while Bobby prepares to go after Sam Giancana.
Episode 5 – Life Sentences
Riots over desegregation in the South force JFK to act; Jackie's use of amphetamines continues; Joe Sr. suffers a stroke.
Episode 6 – The Brink
The Cuban missile crisis brings America and Russia to the brink of war; Jackie leaves JFK after one infidelity too many.
Episode 7 – Untitled
Jack and Jackie suffer the loss of their newborn child; she and JFK are in Dallas on that fateful day in November.
Episode 8 – How are Things in Glocca Morra?
Bobby blames himself for his brother’s death. Five years later, tragedy strikes again.
Bonus Features: 45 minute ‘Making Of’ feature
An ambitious mini-series, and a not-altogether-successful one, The Kennedys nonetheless has enough in it to make it worth checking out. Its ambitions are bold, as it tries to follow the stories surrounding the Kennedy family. That, in turn, takes in some significant events in American history, from the Bay Of Pigs through to the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the faint whiff of controversy that always appeared to follow the Kennedy clan. There’s no shortage of material for The Kennedys to get its teeth into.
Its ambitions, however, are perhaps too great for the show to ever fully gel as a television project, as it’s all perhaps just a little too slick. Still, there are compelling reasons to watch the show, not least the excellent lead performances; both Barry Pepper as Robert Kennedy and Greg Kinnear as Jack are quite brilliant, and they’re surrounded by a strong supporting cast.
Besides the headlines of old, there’s a lot of story covered here that you might not be so familiar with. It’s to the credit of the creative team that they were keen to cover so much ground, and it’s that, combined with the aforementioned performances, that makes The Kennedys work. It’s a warts and all recommendation, certainly, but this is a good stab at a complex subject, and few will find nothing to enjoy here. --Jon Foster
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Well, it wasn't a smear job, and reportedly the History Channel pulled out because the Kennedys put pressure on them. But it also wasn't the great American epic that you would expect -- its stately beginning and exploration of the world-changing effects of the Kennedy administration are marred by a rushed ending and lackluster direction.
The miniseries follows the Kennedy family as John F. Kennedy (Greg Kinnear) is elected as the President of the United States, with the help of his bombastic father Joe Sr. (Tom Wilkinson) and his devoted brother Bobby (Barry Pepper). But JFK had many obstacles, both personal and professional -- he's crippled by a bad back, his father made many enemies, and his marriage to Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Katie Holmes) was troubled.
And over the course of his administration, the Kennedy brothers grapple with Cuba, Russia, riots over civil rights for African-Americans, and chasing down the mob. But there are also many personal crises -- drug use, a baby's death, Joe Sr.'s stroke -- that they struggle to deal with, until the shocking assassinations that destroyed both men.
First off: is "The Kennedys" a smear job? Answer: no, it is not. However, it contains a lot of material that the Kennedy family doesn't like to publicize despite its truth: Rosemary Kennedy's lobotomy, the frequent infidelity by Joe Sr. and Jack, the First Family's drug use, and the fact that Joe Sr. wasn't above using crooked associations to get what he wanted.
However, the miniseries is a fair and sympathetic look at the Kennedy clan overall.Read more ›
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This is the best mini series yet about the Kennedys. Everyone played their part as if they were the people themselves. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer