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  • Actors: Linus Roache, Ving Rhames, James Cromwell, David Paymer, Martin Donovan
  • Directors: Robert Dornhelm
  • Format: Color, 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: Studio
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008W2OX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,302 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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RFK focuses on the final five years of Robert F. Kennedy's life beginning with President John F. Kennedy's untimely death in 1963 to his own tragic death in 1968. From the transformation of the younger Kennedy as he moved out of the shadows of JFK to establish and define his own political persona. Golden Globe nominee Linus Roache (The Gathering Storm, Wings of the Dove, Hart's War) is riveting in his portrayal of the young Kennedy. Also starring James Cromwell (L.A. Confidential, The Green Mile) as Lyndon Johnson, David Paymer (State and Main), Martin Donovan (Insomnia), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Mission Impossible). Written by Hank Steinberg (*61, Without A Trace) and Directed by Robert Dornhelm (Sins of the Father, Anne Frank).

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RFK focuses on the final five years of Robert F. Kennedy's life beginning with President John F. Kennedy's untimely death in 1963 to his own tragic death in 1968. From the transformation of the younger Kennedy as he moved out of the shadows of JFK to establish and define his own political persona. Golden Globe nominee Linus Roache (The Gathering Storm, Wings of the Dove, Hart's War) is riveting in his portrayal of the young Kennedy. Also starring James Cromwell (L.A. Confidential, The Green Mile) as Lyndon Johnson, David Paymer (State and Main), Martin Donovan (Insomnia), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Mission Impossible). Written by Hank Steinberg (*61, Without A Trace) and Directed by Robert Dornhelm (Sins of the Father, Anne Frank).

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Seigler on November 23, 2003
Format: DVD
I first caught this movie on FX when it premiered, and I hoped that more people will see it now that it's on DVD. The movie is concerned with Bobby Kennedy's evolution after his brother's death in 1963, and Linus Roache does a convincing job of playing the late man (He and the actor who played RFK in Thirteen Days are the two best I've seen at this difficult acting job). Being something of a RFK buff, I found this film moving and worth watching. In this time of politicians who cater to the lowest common denominator (on both sides of the aisle), we need to look back on men like Bobby Kennedy, who genuinely cared about the underdogs of American society and was killed in the midst of his greatest act of compassion. One of these days, people will recognize RFK as the best man who was never elected President. This movie is a good start for anyone wondering "what all the fuss was about". I recommend it
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By O. Rios on October 5, 2004
Format: DVD
RFK is a good movie.
the music is good, the story line, and the actors are all awsome.
Mr. Roache played a very good and very convincing Bobby Kennedy who is at a crossroads with the death of his brother, Jack Kennedy.

the movie shows just how distrought Bobby really was and still how much the death of his brother bothered him. The film implies to a good extent that Bobby did in fact feel responsible for his brother's death, and the spirit of JFK tells Bobby that.

I like the views from the spirit of JFK, who only Bobby can see, because it makes Bobby that much more human. He wanted to do good things, he really did. He sought another view, possibly putting an end to the war in Vietnam, he sought to help out poor people, minorities, and fought for values more than for votes.

Bobby really turned over a leaf from attack dog as Attorney General to a really good man who wanted to do good things, but a bullet ended that dream. The ending speech and the train ride footage ends the movie perfectly cause it feels like a metaphor for the life of Bobby Kennedy. He touched and moved so many people in his short 42 years of life, and still today inspires a whole new generation.

great movie on Bobby Kennedy, i only wish there was special features like commentary and stuff like that.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rod Rogers on September 18, 2003
Format: DVD
This movie is about RFK's life without JFK. Mostly throughout his political career RFK did what was in the best interest of his brother and not himself. He played the cruel, conniving younger brother. However, after November 22, 1963, all that changed. He no longer had anyone to protect and now he had a chance to be himself. This film magnificently shows the "real" Bobby. Not ruthless and devious, but brave and honest. A man who "could get things done." It also shows a sad and tormented Bobby. A man so devestated by his brother's death that he sees visions of him, all the way up to his own assassination. Linus Roache and James Cromwell do a great job portraying RFK and LBJ respectively. Minor characters like Ethel and Ted Kennedy don't seem to be the Kennedys America's come to know, but overall the casting is good and so is the movie.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hellerstedt on August 15, 2005
Format: DVD
With an admiration bordering on reverence, RFK is a made-for-television movie that tracks Robert Kennedy's career from November, 1963 to his own death by assassination in June, 1968. British actor Linus Roache plays Robert F. Kennedy and James Cromwell plays RFK nemesis and, coincidentally President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson.

Roache has the hair, the accent, and enough of the charisma to make a convincing RFK. Missing is the sense of the spiritual growth RFK underwent in the five years following his brother's assassination. It's mentioned, of course. At one point Kennedy, after recounting some incidents in his ruthless past, asks an aide "Do you really think I've changed?" Unfortunately, the aide's affirmation stands in stead of the movie showing us the change. Rather, writer Hank Steinberg and director Robert Dornhelm insert the shade of John F. Kennedy (Martin Donovan) into the story, and make him a character who pops in and out throughout the movie to chide, goad, and advise his younger brother. It's a device the story doesn't need. The facts were rich enough in themselves, and the JFK ghost just distracts and pulls us out of the story as well as cause us to question RFK's sanity. Still, from carpeting-bagging senatorial candidate to spearheading a program to rebuild slum neighborhoods in New York City, from meeting with union activist Cesar Chavez to addressing an anti-apartheid crowd in South Africa to a campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on an anti-war platform, RFK does hit most of the major points of Kennedy's career post 1963.

RFK is an okay if somewhat spotty and superficial political biopic.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on October 26, 2004
Format: DVD
In this screenplay, we see a man so haunted by the (presumably preventable) spectere of his older brother's death that he litterally becomes a whole new person in the aftermath.

The young communist inquisitor who once was friends with Wisconsin Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy (as was JFK)consequently became the devout champion of the underclass. Whether it was minorities, the poor, students or some other group, the 'new' Bobby was sincerely committed to ensuring everybody could (and did) participate in the American dream.

What makes this transformation all the more magical is that a campaign consultant did not make the suggestion (and given how little some of these groups could financially contribute while their association simmutaeneously could have caused big political stigmatization, perhaps attempted to talk him out of these very same actions). It is to RFK's credit that he ultimately stood his own ground and took the road much less traveled in American politics.

Because I came of age in the post-watergate generation, I am accustomed to candidates (regardless of political ideology and/or party) appearing replete with slick demeanor's. The rattling of RFK's psyche following Dallas 1963 ultimately produced a folksy demeanor that even Jimmy Carter ultimately had failed to replicate during his presidential candidate and presidency.

If his own fate were different, Kennedy easily would have become the 20th century's second most influential president---immediately after fellow Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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