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Plot: The scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. Not only did this event take the life of an aspiring… Runtime: 106 min Release Date: 06 Apr 2018
Excellent despite Liberal bashing it's well done (by bugle911-1)
One of the most inciteful films of the decades showing how the Kennedys trying to fill the US Government with cheating and corrupt behavior until this all time cover up.
Very well told (by erikahultsman)
I saw this movie last Wednesday. I thought the story was told without bias. The acting was I credible. I really enjoyed the script, very researched and well written. There were a few things I didn't love in the way of filming and one of the actors looked a lot like Ed Helms, but wasn't, so I was confused for a small second.
Chappaquiddick Proved To Be A Good Movie Despite Being Far From Being No-Holds Barred And 50 Years Too Late (by Desertman84)
"Chappaquiddick" is a movie about the incident not accident that involved the death of Mary Jo Kopechne when he was with the late Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy in his mother's Oldmobile's car that crossed the bridge at Chappaquiddick Island on the night of July 18,1969. It stars Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy,Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne,Bruce Helms as Joseph Gargan and Bruce Dern as the patriarch of the Kennedy clan, Joseph Kennedy Sr. This film directed by Jason Curran features the event that happened from the time the former female staffers of Robert Kennedy <more>
a.k.a RFK leading to the aftermath of Ted's actions after he and Mary Jo had a car accident. It tells the actions and inactions of Ted from not reporting the incident to the police and how the Kennedy family henchmen tried to rectify the situation considering that Ted Kennedy is on his way to becoming the next President of the United States with the political success that he has achieved before it happened.I must admit that I was expecting more of a no-holds barred account of the event like how Joe Kennedy Sr. rectified the situation by paying many people to cover up for Ted that included the police authorities that led them to inactions like not performing an autopsy on Mary Jo.Added to that,it also did not feature other events like how Joe Sr. paid the Kopechne family a humongous amount of money - $130,000 - back in 1969 now equivalent to $600,000 in 2018 as a form of "settlement" to keep their mouth shut. These are seen and found in many books and documentaries made back in the 70's,80's and 90's about the incident.Unfortunately,none of these were shown in the movie.I believe the producers definitely had to play the "safe side" as they are telling a story of a Kennedy and the clan have remained powerful and influential throughout the years until today as I am writing this review who could sue the filmmakers anytime of the day.Nevertheless,I still saw a good movie considering that it clearly showed how "imperfect" the actions of Ted Kennedy were especially during the aftermath of the incident. Jason Clarke did well as Ted Kennedy. Added to that, it was nice to see that the movie gave a good characterization of Mary Jo Kopechne despite Kate Mara's limited screen time storywise. As for the film staying on the "safe side", they did it through letting the viewers think and decide for themselves on the events that occurred at Chappaquiddick by presenting numerous scenes like 6 married men and 6 unmarried RFK female staffers on a party despite the fact that RFK has already passed away to show what was truly going on between Ted and Mary Jo. It also showed their scenes together that both do know each other very well that they can confide their feelings with one another. Added to that, they also showed how many times Joe Sr. told Ted the word "alibi" when the latter was telling the incident to his dad despite not showing anything that I previously stated in the movie. The viewer has to really watch this closely and think clearly and probably read books and watch documentaries regarding the subject matter to learn more about it for this movie won't provide all the explanations needed. But nevertheless, I still found it a good introduction for people wanting to learn more about it despite the fact that this happened 50 years ago and the characters involved in it have already passed away.
Finally, 50 years after the death of Mary Jo and 8 years after Ted Kennedy died the truth comes out. Now we wait for 50 more years before we get to see a movie about all of the people that the Clintons had killed from Arkansas to Africa.
The Rise and Fall of a Nation Circa 1969 (by jadepietro)
GRADE: B+ THIS FILM IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.IN BRIEF: An riveting factual retelling of a political scandal and cover-up that changed the life of one man and a nation. JIM'S REVIEW: One man remained above the law. One nation watched in shock and disbelief as the event unfolded. One woman dead. Such is the scandal and cover-up of Senator Edward "Teddy" Kennedy and his ill-fated accident that changed his life and took the life of campaign worker, Mary Jo Kopechine. Chappaquiddick, John Curran's fine retelling of true events shows those days in 1969 when the young inebriated <more>
senator made that dire mistake, driving off a bridge and leaving a friend to slowly drown in a slightly submerged car. His decision lacked courage and integrity which cost him a political future to become America's once and future president. But our nation does love the rise and fall of the rich and famous...and their ultimate comeback.Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan create a timeline that shows the unscrupulous damage control crafted by powerful men to protect their own, with little regard for the true victim. The script focuses on six days, from the fatal crash to the senator's televised plea to a country to forgive him his trespasses, ending in actual footage from real people who commented most positively on his "forced" confession. To the film's credit, it does not shy away from Kennedy's caddish behavior, the numerous illegal acts, and exposes the "spin" which is ever prevalent today, while being a rarity back then . Their narrative could use more backstory to give more substance to the possible relationship of the politician and his victim. It only hints at that aspect and is a tad unjust to Ms. Kopechine's character by making her an incomplete pawn rather than a fully dimensional character. Kate Mara plays her very well and one wishes more screen time was spent in flashbacks about her character and motives. However, the majority of the film is a showcase for Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy. It is an excellent performance of a troubled and desperate man at terms with his own weaknesses. Mr. Clarke is a forceful presence and fully captures the Massachusetts senator's persona. It is deserving of an Oscar nomination, although it will surely be forgotten due to the film's early release. Also giving excellent support are Ed Helms as his close ally and conscience, Joe Gargan, Clancy Brown as Robert MacNamara, Taylor Nichols as Ted Sorensen, and Bruce Dern as the cruel patriarch, Joseph Kennedy. The scene between father and son is brutal to watch, and Mr. Dern conveys his disappointment and personal disgust with barely a word as Mr. Clarke searches for any ounce of compassion and tenderness. Rounding out the strong ensemble are Jim Gaffigan and Olivia Thirlby.Mr. Curran directs with a solid vision and effectively jumps back to the incident to remind his audience of the tragedy of a human life cut short countering with the political mechanisms of a political life saved at all cost. That Senator Kennedy went on to continue a healthy career and eluded any jail time, never being convicted of manslaughter seems an odd turn of events in this enthralling and disturbing drama. But truth is stranger than fiction and Chappaquiddick is an honest depiction of dishonest times. It is a movie definitely worth viewing.
High points for playing it up the middle. (by insipidio)
This is a tempered account which I understand is based on verifiable reports. Nothing was overdone, and the only thing that was underdone was a missed opportunity to do a film-stop on a photo of MJKopechne at some point in the film to remind us that a life was snuffed in this true tale. A miracle of life ended that evening. The movie tied in the dissonant events of the Lunar Landing that were taking place the very days Chappaquiddick events were occurring. By the film, almost everything that could have happened outside the control of the inner circle did happen. This events happened so fast <more>
there was little crowd control until the Ted Kennedy broadcast on Friday, 25 July, 1969.It is a reminder to voters of all stripes should hold our reps to higher standards, rather than the current race to the bottom.
Better late than never that the true story of the Chappaquidick coverup gets major attention. For the Kennedys, laws and rules were always for the little people. I'm of a generation old enough to remember Chappaquidick. It's good that the younger crowd gets to see how the Kennedys operate. Disgusting how Ted, backed by his army of fixers and p.r. hacks, portrays himself and his family as victims, when he was responsible for a young girl's death. My only complaint about the movie is that it's too kind to him, leaning on the "dad made me do it" and the myth of Kennedy <more>
family devotion to "public service." As a resident of Massachusetts I am ashamed that after this miscarriage of justice the voters of this state re-elected this execrable miscreant. By the way it's been reported that "powerful people" tried to stop the release of this movie.
The movie is well made, moves a little slowly but is compelling due to it's subject. The actors do a superb job. Even Ed Helms and Jim Gaffigan manage to make you forget who they are. Kennedy and his handlers do not come off well, of course. It's a not a documentary and I do not trust Hollywood or the media to portray anyone historical character completely accurately.For me, there are 2 take aways from the movie:1. This was a sincere young lady whose life was cut much too short. It was difficult for me to watch her on screen knowing what was about to happen to her. She deserved <more>
better. Sadly, she is a footnote in history. We should refer to it as the Mary Jo Kopechne scandal, not Chappaquidick.2. The end of the film featured "person on the street" interviews from 1969. It was amazing to listen to the ones who dismissed his short-comings and continued to support him. Seeing those interviews in the Trump era makes for an interesting perspective. Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton or Donald Trump, the American voter on both sides of the aisle will look past a man's sins if they think that person will advance their political agenda. The opposite is also true: People will mercilessly and unflinchingly condemn a person for his shortcomings if they don't agree politically. This was true during the 2016 election cycle. It was never about Hillary or Trump's demons, it was always politics. Until that is understood, people will never get why Trump has support.The biggest unanswered question for me is: how did Kennedy get out of the car. If the doors were jammed shut and the windows unbroken, which kept anyone from getting Mary Jo out of the car, then how did he get out?
Very good production. Almost dead on history worth seeing. (by lima-27-181038)
For those that grew up with the Kennedys, and anyone that didn't ie, everyone this story needs to be told. I think the movie was done well - acting and production - but that is not the purpose of the movie.I knew a lot of what happened from reading over the years. But - this was an amazing portrayal, and accessible to the story for those less interested in politics.The bottom line? At least Ted, and if you know the history - his father were very compromised people. They would, in the end, do anything for power no matter who got in their way. And as the movie shows, there were always <more>
people that would work for them, or vote for them, and dismiss the truth that they knew about them. From all things that have come out - John and Bobby had great similarities especially with women .I hope younger people look at this. Ted's faults were his own demons to a great degree - and these were portrayed very well. I would say what we have seen in the last few years is even more damaging to us, and more corrupt. And - if it takes a movie just to say - that people in politics ARE that dirty and DO lie that much - it will be useful for our country.Nuff said.