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Robert Kennedy and His Times

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On November 22nd, 1963, shots rang out in the streets of Dallas and President John F. Kennedy fell. For some, it was the end of an era. But for Robert F. Kennedy, it was a crucial turning point. After years of fighting for his brother's vision, he was forced to become a man in his own right. Follow the Kennedy family's rise to power in a tale of tragedy and triumph directed by Marvin J. Chomsky, featuring an unforgettable cast including Brad Davis, Veronica Cartwright, Ned Beatty and Joe Pantoliano.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Veronica Cartwright, Cliff De Young, Jack Warden, Joe Pantoliano, Ned Beatty
  • Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky
  • Producers: Rick Rosenberg, Bob Christiansen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 315 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GDB75E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Robert Kennedy and His Times" on IMDb

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Terrance Richard TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 22, 2010
Format: DVD
Brad Davis is probably best known for his extraordinary performance in 1978's "Midnight Express" (1978), a film written by Oliver Stone. However, one of the last greatest roles of Brad's career (before his untimely death from AIDS in 1991) was his convincing performance as Robert Kennedy in "Robert Kennedy and His Times". This mini-series originally aired on CBS in February, 1985 and received huge ratings indicating the American public still had a fascination with the Kennedy family.

Brad's role as the would-be President was welcomed positively by critics who commented that Brad not only looked like Bobby Kennedy, but had his mannerisms and gestures perfected.

The movie followed Robert Kennedy's life from the time he was born, to the time his brother was killed by bullets in Dallas, Texas in 1963, to when Bobby decided to run for President as he decided he was no longer going to live in his famous brother's shadows.

An excellent made-for TV mini-series, "Robert Kennedy and His Times" not only features a wonderful performance by Davis, but by Jack Warden, Veronica Cartwright, Beatrice Straight, and Ned Beatty. Shannen Doherty, River Phoenix, and Jason Bateman (early in their careers) all have supporting roles.

The mini-series originally aired as a three-parter. It comes in a two-disc set and is 315 minutes in length, comes with English subtitles, and is closed captioning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Henry Cooper on March 24, 2005
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I'd been awaiting for that movie to come out on DVD just until I watched it so many times on Starz. Yeah Brad Davis is such a good actor and always be remembered. Yeah I didn't know that he had passed or else been under a drug overdose or something. Long story short, This is a good interesting and mostly inspirational flick on the life on the life of Robert "Bobby" F. Kennedy (1925-1968).

Still remains my favorite Kennedy movie of all-time. Check out "RFK" and "The Kennedys" for example.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 7, 2011
Format: DVD
The television miniseries "Robert Kennedy & His Times" has a rather daunting goal -- a thorough, intelligent biopic of the third most famous Kennedy in history. And it succeeds for the most part, due to diligent attention to detail and the performance of Brad Davis... but it's also pretty whitewashed (no Marilyn affair here!).

The story opens with Robert Kennedy meeting and marrying his wife Ethel, even as his older brother Jack rises to national prominence. When Jack is elected president, he quickly appoints Robert as the Attorney General. But he soon discovers that it's a hard job -- he ends up at loggerheads with J. Edgar Hoover, helps with the Cuban missile crisis, and struggles to help the civil rights movement even as racial tensions explode.

But just as things seem to be settling down, the Kennedy clan -- and the US -- is rocked by a string of disasters. JFK is assassinated, Robert loses much of his clout, and their younger brother Teddy is in a horrifying accident during his campaign. After a bout of depression, Robert picks up the pieces and forges ahead as the next head of the Kennedy dynasty... only for another tragedy to cut his career -- and life -- tragically short.

"Robert Kennedy & His Times" is a wonderfully appropriate title for this movie -- it not only deals with Robert Kennedy's life, but the tumultuous era he lived in. The writers really show you the nastier issues of the day, including racial violence, the Jimmy Hoffa trial, the brewing Vietnam war and the "spy on EVERYBODY" mentality of J. Edgar Hoover.

But just showing those problems is not enough -- and so we see how and why Kennedy developed his opposition to these things, and just how passionate he was about them.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Brad Davis is one of the most underated actors ever. It's to bad he is no longer with us. See Midnight Express
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Robert Kennedy and His Times is probably the best and most true work done about RFK and who he REALLY was. I had just finished reading the book of the same title by the late Arthur M. Schlesinger, so I decided to purchase the DVD, just to see how close the movie stayed to the book. To my surprise, it was dead-on. The late Brad Davis (Midnight Express) not only captured the look and sound of RFK, he also captured the soul of the man. Many have portrayed RFK in the past, but none have done it so well. Arthur Sclesinger, s closeness with the Kennedy family paid dividends here, for many of the places it was filmed in were the ACTUAL Kennedy family sites and that lent so much to the believability of the visual story. The most interesting part of the story was of JFK and RFK'S trip with their sister to India and Southeast Asia, specifically Vietnam in the early 1950s when JFK was a junior congressman. This fact about this trip and how if solidified the brothers friendship was refreshing due to the fact that history usually ignores this part of both RFKs and JFKs lives and potential understanding of what was happening there and our eventual involvement in the future. This was released in 1978, and has not aged a bit. If you want a film that sticks to who RFK really was, this is it. It was written by a man who knew him personally and professionally, and was the "historian" for the Kennedy brothers, Arthur M. Schlesinger. This film stays TRUE to the book, and is WELL worth it!
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