American Experience: JFK 1 Season 2013

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The final installment follows Kennedy through his assassination and the unfulfilled promise of his presidency.

Starring:
David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers
Runtime:
55 minutes
Original air date:
November 12, 2013

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American Experience: JFK - Part Four

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Season 1
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    1. American Experience: JFK - Part One Part One follows JFK's rise to power. Jack Kennedy first bursts onto the national stage as a war hero, and with his congressional win, Kennedy rises in power and influence.

    TV-PG 55min November 11, 2013
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    2. American Experience: JFK - Part Two JFK's campaign for president is the first to be waged on television, a distinct advantage for the telegenic candidate.

    TV-PG 55min November 11, 2013
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    3. American Experience: JFK - Part Three This episode follows Kennedy into the White House, offering fresh assessments of the successes and failures of his tenure.

    TV-PG 55min November 12, 2013
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    4. American Experience: JFK - Part Four The final installment follows Kennedy through his assassination and the unfulfilled promise of his presidency.

    TV-PG 55min November 12, 2013

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Genres Documentary
Director Susan Bellows
Starring David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers
Supporting actors Michael Murphy, Joe Morton, Linda Hunt, Will Lyman, Liev Schreiber, Philip Bosco, Oliver Platt, Blair Brown, Brendan Gill, Eli Wallach, John Steele Gordon, Julian Bond, George Plimpton, Callie Thorne, Kenneth Jackson, Robert A.M. Stern, Mike Wallace, Harris Yulin
Season year 2013
Network PBS
Executive Producer Rocky Collins
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Customer Reviews

Another excellent documentary by American Experience.
Lisa
A president taking Nembutal, and amphetamines, and telling his private doctor give it to me because it feels good-- yes that is good reporting.
V. R. Padgett
As a history buff, I liked this so much that I watched it several times.
Toni

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Degan on November 30, 2013
Format: DVD
A good documentary.

Something wonderful ended on November 22nd 1963, not only Jack Kennedy's life, but our sweet optimism. My generation still has faded memories of that America, but we were so young that it seems to us now as a ghost-like dream, a mental daguerreotype. By the time we came of age a decade or so later, this place was damaged - cynical and jaded. Maybe one day the United States will recover from what happened on November 22nd 1963, but I suppose it won't be until the last survivor with a conscious memory of those four dark days passes from the scene.

2013 has been a year filled with so many half-century milestones that it is difficult to keep track of them all. 1963 was indeed a year of historical landmarks - beautiful and not-so-beautiful. You know you're starting to get up there in years when you can clearly recall events from fifty years ago. I would only come to appreciate what a historical year 1963 was as I got older. From Civil Rights on earth, to the exploration of the heavens, President Kennedy's murder on the streets of Dallas, Texas fifty-years-ago today was merely the curtain closing on one of the most monumental years of the American Century. Wasn't that a time?

He still matters fifty years later. Jack Kennedy refuses to go gently into that good night.

Tom Degan
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Toni on November 18, 2013
Format: DVD
As a history buff, I liked this so much that I watched it several times. Although the documentary repeatedly mentioned that JFK was not great by the standards that usually are used to measure Presidential greatness, and this perhaps because his Presidency was cut short, I think JFK, although flawed, and despite the fact that his Presidency was cut short, was a better President than many other Presidents we have had, better than some Presidents whom the makers of this documentary would deem "great."

This documentary does everyone a service by covering the facts concerning the civil rights movement at that time, including the fact that Martin Luther King, Jr., and most other blacks were Republicans before Kennedy spoke up in their defense. King and most other blacks became Democrats only because Kennedy, a Democrat, defended them when Nixon kept quiet and would not get involved. (Also, the Ku Klux Klan was Democrat--perhaps most people don't know this.) These facts are enlightening, and should remind everyone to not put party over principle. One of the things I most admire about John F. Kennedy was that he did not follow party lines just to follow party lines. Very often he sided with the Republicans on issues. He followed his conscience in those matters, in spite of the fact that it infuriated Johnson and others in his party.

President Kennedy was more conservative than his party is today--perhaps more so than the Establishment Republicans of today, also.

I loved the way the documentary spoke of his health problems. The man has my great admiration and sympathy for the way that he thought and worked in spite of this tremendous hardship. Excellent documentary. Heart-wrenching tragedy that he died.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By olihist on November 13, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
American Experience: JFK is, overall, a well-written, comprehensive, and poignant documentary of a President whose life and (especially) death have been heavily shrouded by myth and conjecture. President Kennedy is given a relatively evenhanded assessment, with an emphasis on the debilitating physical illnesses that he began suffering from an early age Kennedy's struggles with illnesses and family tragedy only make his achievements as President that much more remarkable. Rather than simply glamorize JFK, American Experience portrays him as a complex person who was both actively engaged in, but at the same time held hostage to, the turbulent political events of the Cold War and Civil Rights Movement.
The end of this show however - and quite unusually for an American Experience show - leaves viewers with more questions than answers about Kennedy's death and legacy. Perhaps this is the most sensitive way to handle President Kennedy's assasination, especially for a certain generation of viewers who remain haunted by the sudden death of a beloved President. But to another, much younger, generation of viewers who may not be familiar with President Kennedy beyond the enduring myths, such an abrupt ending may seem somewhat confusing and even a little disappointing. We may never know exactly what happened on that terrible November day in Dallas, Texas. But that should not stop us, and especially such an esteemed show as American Experience, from
trying to offer some kind of clarity to those events. For with clarity comes closure.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By V. R. Padgett on November 12, 2013
Format: DVD
I found it straightforward, fair, and balanced.

An American President, unfulfilled.

Clearly could have had a second term.

What if he had consulted Dwight Eisenhower, 1961: "So General, tell me about assaulting a beach ... " Duh ...

Eisenhower, who knew something about invading hostile beaches ...

The program documented JFK's extensive drug addiction. A president taking Nembutal, and amphetamines, and telling his private doctor give it to me because it feels good-- yes that is good reporting. We should know that.

I have watched the Reagan, TR Roosevelt, Nixon, Clinton, and other American Experience PBS the Presidents series.

With Nixon, 3 of the 4 hours was Watergate.

With Clinton, 3 of the 4 hours was Monica Lewinski.

I dreaded that 3 of the 4 hours of the JFK program would be devoted to idiotic theories about the assassination. But only about 10 minutes of the 4 hours were on that tragic event. It was very sensitively handled.

Those of us who watched it live that day, will see in this program, Jackie's red hat and coat, and remember that day. We were spared further maudlin agony over that day.

Five Stars.
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