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The Kennedys [DVD]

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  • Actors: Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Katie Holmes
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2011
  • Run Time: 346 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VMHUKQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,913 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 1Joe’s Revenge
The Kennedys rally to put Jack in the White House, but their difficult past illuminates a deeper struggle.
Episode 2TBA
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 4Who’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 7Untitled
Jack and Jackie suffer the loss of their newborn child; she and JFK are in Dallas on that fateful day in November.
Episode 8How 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

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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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Slickly made mini series with attention to period detail. Greg Kinnear stands out as uncannily like JFK and Tom Wilkinson is excellent as always as Joe Kennedy.The Cuban Missile Crisis makes for very interesting viewing bearing in mind just how close the world came to nuclear conflict. Barry Pepper as Robert Kennedy does not resemble his subject as closely but does remind you of what the world lost when he was assassinated-probably the 'best' of the Kennedys'. It is no surprise that the 'family' blocked much of its transmission in the States for nothing is spared in the account of Joe's money grubbing,double dealing and womanising.There would have been no Kennedy dynasty without his craving for power through his sons political careers and you feel sympathetic for both Jack and Bobby to have such an autocratic parent. The 'pill popping' and 'drug injecting' for both JFK and the First Lady are quite shocking, as is just how disabled the supposedly 'young and virile' President was. America's 'Royalty' are shown warts and all and the end result is entertaining. For real insight however you really need to watch some of the excellent documentaries to be seen, in particular one about Edward Kennedy and Chappaquiddick which is riveting stuff and paints a far blacker portrait of this family than any dramatisation could do.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2011
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"The Kennedys" caused a big stir before it was even aired, since the History Channel refused to air it, allegedly because it was a smear job.

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.
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This tv mini-series was dropped by the History Channel in the US because apparently it didn't fit their "brand", what a load of bull. Having watched the History Channel recently the shows are rather low-brow with garbage like Swamp People and IRT and could do with more excellent dramas like this. Fair enough this isn't history, its a drama and what a drama it is at that. The performances are excellent especially Greg Kinnear and Barry Pepper as Jack and Bobby. While the Kennedys come off slightly bad looking it must be remembered that they were only human and as humans made mistakes. In conclusion this mini-series is an excellent must watch drama and must be seen because it is truely an excellent piece of drama.
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I really enjoyed this series. although it included 'warts and all' it was still an excellent telling of the Kennedy family saga. I particularly enjoyed the telling of how involved Joseph Kennedy with his sons and how he used his connections.
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A very good series that shows the trials and errors of the Kennedy dynasty. The downfalls of having an overbearing, pushy father and behind the scenes of politics as the world was on the brink of nuclear destruction during the Cuban crisis. A well told story and a must for today's politicians. A copy should be sent to Putin.
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Watched many Kennedy programmes but this series stands out to be the best. Great acting from all the well known cast. Grips you from start to finish.
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This is a stunning series originally made for US tv. Greg Kinnear even loks and sounds like JFK with a stellar performance by the always reliable Tom Wilkinson as father to the brothers and sister, Joseph Kennedy a crook who made his millions running booze for the Mobs during prohibition and finished up as US Ambassador to The UK in the late 1930's where the story begins. The story ends on the grassy knoll in Dallas. It is principally about a family haunted by Joe Kennedy's lust for power both for himself and his sons and the tradgedies that befell the Kennedy dynasty and begs the question what would our world be like today had JFK and "Bobby" lived .Compulsive viewing even though most viewers know the outcome.
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