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JFK: Reckless Youth

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Based on Nigel Hamilton's New York Times best-selling biography, JFK: Reckless Youth follows a young Kennedy (Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award nominee Patrick Dempsey) as he makes the decisions that will shape his future: 35th President of the United States. Mischievous college student, competitive younger brother of Joe Jr., overseas traveler, Dutch journalist Inga Arvad's lover, and commander of PT 109, this critically-acclaimed miniseries is a vivid, rich portrait of a President in the making.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Patrick Dempsey, Terry Kinney, Loren Dean, Yolanda Jilot, Robin Tunney
  • Directors: Harry Winer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JLL2SQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "JFK: Reckless Youth" on IMDb

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Estes on March 22, 2007
Format: DVD
I bought the DVD when it first came out and just got around to watching it (it IS 3 hours, and I'd seen it when it originally aired), and discovered I had a defective DVD. Thanks to reading the below comments, I knew it was a manufacturer's error and contacted the manufacturer's customer service, asking if the problem had been corrected and, if so, would they exchange it. Within the hour, they sent me an email requesting an address to replace the disc. I've just watched the new and improved DVD, so buy with confidence! (And the movie is really well done.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Johan Peter on November 22, 2007
Format: DVD
I purchased this DVD in the beginning of this year [2007] and -lucky me- the former incompleteness was already corrected. I watched this miniseries about fifteen years ago and I never forgot the brilliant performance of Patrick Dempsey as the young Jack Kennedy. Since then the two are inseparable in my perception of JFK and I have been quite amazed for a long, long time that Dempsey didn't reach star-status or at least became a sex-symbol. Of course this is history now since the succes of Grey's Anatomy and he acquired both, strangely enough at roughly the same age that JFK became president...

I believe that this production paints also one of the most accurate pictures of the [Joe and Rose] Kennedy household that I have ever seen: a strange blend of conservatism and modernism, freedom and discipline. Probably some of the ingredients that made the future president, his wife and brother such enigmatic and fascinating personalities.

Thumbs up for the wardrobe-department too: the clothing of the individual characters is impeccable and completely in line with the period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1997
Format: VHS Tape
This book, or movie is for anybody who wants to know more about JFK, and the competion in his family. This story tells you about the mostly unspoken young years in JFK life. From when he was a sick child, to his college years, then to being a Lt. in the Navy, and lastly to his start of being a Congressman for Mass. This story shows you how hard it was for him, and will make you appriciate your own life, & lifesyle more. There are some rare areas in this story about JFK's older brother, and sister. that other books just don't cover. I highly recomend it! END
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jose A. M. Nolla on November 23, 2007
Format: DVD
Though the casting for JFK was not physically similar, the actor doing the part made up for it with his work on the screen.Picture maintains your interest throughout. Great for history buffs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Colvin on April 27, 2008
Format: VHS Tape
I watched this miniseries about fifteen years ago and I never forgot the brilliant performance of Patrick Dempsey as the young Jack Kennedy. Since then the two are inseparable in my perception of JFK and I have been quite amazed for a long, long time that Dempsey didn't reach star-status or at least became a sex-symbol. Of course this is history now since the succes of Grey's Anatomy and he acquired both, strangely enough at roughly the same age that JFK became president...

I believe that this production paints also one of the most accurate pictures of the [Joe and Rose] Kennedy household that I have ever seen: a strange blend of conservatism and modernism, freedom and discipline. Probably some of the ingredients that made the future president, his wife and brother such enigmatic and fascinating personalities.

Thumbs up for the wardrobe-department too: the clothing of the individual characters is impeccable and completely in line with the period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paul on January 29, 2014
Format: DVD
I own the dvd and finally watched it.My copy has two parts and is complete as far as I can tell. What probably happened to some of the others is that Part ! ends and you think the disc is over only half the series.I let my dvd continue to play and after a few seconds Part 2 appeared on the DVD and was complete.I wonder if some of the complainers did what I did and let the DVD continue to play, as obvious as that sounds.Both parts are on a single DVD instead of beinf on 2 separate DVDs.I enjoyed watching the whole series.Joe Kennedy is fleshed out more here than in other series,which I enjoyed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the raven on February 26, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This was a piece of this mans youth many didn't know and it helps round out the person he became and perhaps why it helps that Patrick Dempsey did a remarkable job playing young Kennedy worth the watch
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It's a great series, very well done. Don't let the negative reviews bother you, because some of those reviews are based upon missing episodes. The DVD I got was fine, and it would be a shame to miss out on this masterpiece just because of a few negative comments. The acting, story line, presentation, directing, subject matter, everything, is all excellent and very informative. If you want to know more about JFK, this DVD is amazingly good, better than thought possible, really excellent.
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