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O'Kennedy's Ireland

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This historic and touching document follows President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, grandson proud Irish immigrants, on a 4-day visit to ancient family homeland. Landing at Dublin Airport on June 26, 1963, he visited both small hamlet and big city, entertaining all with warm words, and honest smile. To understand a man, especially one this complex, you must look at his past. Mere words shed only some light on the O'Kennedy clan's thousandyear-old history. To give you a true sense of from whence they came, we've carefully interwoven footage of accurate reenactments and rare vintage film reels. It's a colorful past, indeed. The kinship President Kennedy felt for Ireland and her people was evident. Following his gaze across rolling green hills and smiling, rose-cheeked faces, we see a boy returning to a familiar place. But, it's his words, especially those spoken during the Farewell Address at Shannon Airport, that reveal JFK's true emotions. In retrospect, his promise "be back," is bittersweet, for on November 22 that year, JFK was assassinated.

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  • Actors: John F. Kennedy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: S'more Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KHYOU0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,325 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Huggins VINE VOICE on March 20, 2007
"O'Kennedy's Ireland" is a nostalgic and affectionate look back at President John F. Kennedy's historic four-day trip to the land of his ancestors in late June of 1963, just five months prior to his assassination. This documentary is as much about Irish history as it is about Kennedy's visit and skillfully weaves portions of the President's various speeches that he made during the visit with key historical events of the Emerald Isle; Robert Vaughn narrates.

I was particularly struck by the high quality of the news footage of the President during his trip. It looks fairly sharp and the colors are extremely good for news footage filmed over 40 years ago. Those portions of the documentary that are focused on Ireland's history often use theatrical recreations to tell the story, but there is some remarkable newsreel footage of the Easter Rising of 1916 in Dublin that, alone, is worth the price of the DVD. The releasing company for this DVD, S'more Entertainment, has included some interesting and historically important extras that make it a valuable audio/visual reference for those interested in our nation's 35th President. Here's the rundown of the special features:

1. Speeches (black & white):

Houston - 9/12/60

Rice University - 9/12/62

Berlin - 6/26/63

2. Newsreels (black & white):

James Meredith enrolls at University of Mississippi in Oxford - 9/30/62

Cuban Blockade announced - 10/22/62

Cuban Blockade lifted - 11/21/62

Test Ban Treaty announced at American University Graduation - 6/10/63

Test Ban Treaty Signed - 8/5/63

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Love Thy.Enemy VINE VOICE on August 8, 2007
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For me the most valuable part of this disk is buried in the extras section, in the entire speech which then candidate JFK gave to clergy assembled in Houston in September 1960 regarding his religion and his public office. THis wide ranging and prophetic speech touches us today, particularly in the 2000 and 2004 elections, as Kennedy mentions Protestant ministers who tell their congregations (he says parishioners) for whom to vote. That is only one small example of the many important issues he raises in this landmark speech, in which he also mentions irresponsible press which seek to use irrelevant evidence to spread untruths. He could be speaking of our talk radio. At that time, long before state lotteries legitimized gambling, he mentions gambling as a moral issue as well.

Unfortunately on my copy of this disk, the speech at Rice is replaced by the speech at the Berlin Wall, which thus appears twice. It would be remarkable to think of any President since JFK appearing and speaking in such a hot spot with minimal if any security.

Speaking of security, he should have had in Dallas the excellent motorcasde escorts he had in Dublin instead of the guys who stayed out all night at Jack Rubies bar.

The reason I give this low stars is the horrible main feature. The vast bulk of it seems to be stock footage from some old mediaeval b-movies. I kept expecting them to break out singing and dancing like Men In Tights. Throughout the film seemed overexposed and washed out. And it just kept going on and on with Robert Vaughn (former Man From UNCLE) droning superficialities without much depth about Irish history. Every now and then a brief snippet of JFK could be heard, interrupted by something absolutely absurd or light hearted, or racist.
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By The Captain on July 8, 2008
The story of the Kennedy family is certainly one that has and will continue to transcend generations. America's political dynasty has the ability to reach across the aisle of Democrats and Republicans and strikes up in most people a sort of nobility feeling that often times is not associated with American politicians.

But the entire Kennedy mystique is not simply an American phenomenon. Rather, across the globe there is an interest in the history of the Kennedy family. But perhaps the only place to come as close as America in its love for the Kennedy story is none other than the Kennedy's homeland in Ireland.

The documentary O'Kennedy's Ireland is a rather short biographical look at President John F. Kennedy's Irish ancestry and the following that he commanded when he went to Ireland on a visit as President.

Kennedy in 1963 traveled to Ireland for a four day visit to his native land and was welcomed home lovingly like a rock star more so than a politician. Swarms of Irish men, women and children came out to all the stops Kennedy made hoping to gain a glimpse at the man that went from the Emerald Isle to the White House.

The film directed by Phillip E. Price and released in 2007 relies upon the rather raw and grainy footage left of Kennedy's trip to Ireland. Therefore, while some of the picture quality might not necessarily be the best, only time can be faulted for this.

What can be faulted about this movie, though, is the rather hokey history lesson that works its way into the film and dominates the majority of the film.
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