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Robert Kennedy & His Times [VHS]

4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews


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Product Details

  • Actors: Brad Davis, Veronica Cartwright, Cliff De Young, Ned Beatty, Beatrice Straight
  • Producers: Irving Paul Lazar
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: May 30, 1995
  • Run Time: 309 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303397042
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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I'll be right up front, I'm not a big fan of the Kennedy's. That being said, there is much about Bobby that I really like. This miniseries is slow and not a very good production. There are too many gaps in the story and key folks are left out, such as Kenny O'Donnell. Though there are good actors in this film they seemed to be reaching to achieve their goals in performing as their roles would ask. I've watched the two major miniseries on the Kennedy's and by far this is the worst of the bunch. I was looking forward to seeing this.
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Brad Davis was superb as Robert Kennedy and Veronica Cartwright equally so as Ethel Kennedy. G.D. Spreadlin was first-rate as Lyndon Johnson. However, Cliff DeYoung was very poor casting as John F. Kennedy. DeYound portrayed the softer side of J.F.K., but did not really show the strong side to him. The mini-series does not go behind the scenes in reagrds to affairs and other things that we have been told. I learned a great deal about Robert Kennedy from this and wondered what might have been in regards to this country had he lived.
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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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