Chappaquiddick

THE SCANDAL THAT DEFINED THE LIFE OF TED KENNEDY.

In 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) accidentally drives off a bridge in Massachusetts; while he gets out alive, his passenger is missing… The year after this story was unremarkably treated in a miniseries (The Kennedys: After Camelot), there was a much better movie. We follow Kennedy the days after the accident, from his failure to call for help right through the sessions he had with veteran advisers, trying to work out a strategy to protect his legacy. Clarke is brilliant as the immature, vacillating senator and the film is engaging, with an appropriately mournful tone, but getting into Kennedy’s head remains a challenge.

2018-U.S. 106 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by John Curran. Cast: Jason Clarke (Ted Kennedy), Kate Mara (Mary Jo Kopechne), Ed Helms (Joe Gargan), Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan, Taylor Nichols. 

Trivia: Released in Britain as The Senator.

 

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