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.
The "Kennedy curse" refers to the various tragic events and deaths that have the Kennedy family throughout the years: Rosemary's botched brain surgery (lobotomy) in 1941, Joe Kennedy Jr.'s 1944 sudden death (plane crash), Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy's death in 1948 (plane crash), JFK and Jackie's loss of their infant son in 1963, the assassination of JFK in 1963, a plane in 1964 carrying Ted Kennedy and others that crashed killing the pilot and an aide, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy in 1968, Ted Kennedy being charged with leaving the scene at Chappaquidick in 1969, Ted Kennedy's son, Ted Jr., losing his leg in 1973, RFK's nephew Michael Skakel being charged with murder in 1975 (litigation pending), RFK's son David's death in 1984 (drug overdose), William Kennedy Smith's attempted rape charge in 1991 (he was acquitted), another RFK son Michael's death in 1997 (ski accident), and the deaths of John Kennedy Jr., his wife, and his sister-in-law in 1999 (plane crash). See more »
Ted asks the operator to make a collect call and gives his name, but never gives a phone number. The operator patches the call without it somehow. See more »
Growing up in the 60's, and a fan of JFK, I recall reading about this event as an unfortunate driving accident involving Kennedy's younger brother Ted and his secretary Mary Jo, who had been drinking at a party, and were probably having an affair. Seeing this movie, I can't help but think it should have been made a long time ago, as so much is revealed about what really happened. But, I still think this is an important film for my generation and younger people who tend to hero worship without uncovering the tragic flaws. It's also a dramatic eye-opener about the political machinations used to retain power. The actors are good, the story is compelling, but more time spent on Ted before and after would have made it better. And I came away sad about Mary Jo and her family in view of her dedication to a worthy cause.
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