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The triumphs and tragedies of the most popular political family in American history.
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Series cast summary:
Greg Kinnear ...  Jack Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
Barry Pepper ...  Bobby Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
Katie Holmes ...  Jackie Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
Tom Wilkinson ...  Joe Kennedy Sr. 8 episodes, 2011
Diana Hardcastle ...  Rose Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
Kristin Booth ...  Ethel Kennedy 8 episodes, 2011
Rothaford Gray ...  Agent Abraham Bolden 5 episodes, 2011
Janelle Hutchison Janelle Hutchison ...  Evelyn Lincoln 5 episodes, 2011
Rachel Wilson ...  Michelle 4 episodes, 2011
Serge Houde ...  Sam Giancana 4 episodes, 2011
Ava Preston ...  Caroline Kennedy 4 episodes, 2011
Angela Besharah ...  Ann Gargan 4 episodes, 2011
Jonathan Whittaker ...  Robert McNamara 4 episodes, 2011
Don Allison Don Allison ...  Lyndon Johnson 3 episodes, 2011
Barry Flatman ...  General Thomas Bennett 3 episodes, 2011
Dan Lett ...  McGeorge Bundy 3 episodes, 2011
Enrico Colantoni ...  J. Edgar Hoover 3 episodes, 2011
Jane Moffat ...  Letitia Baldrige 3 episodes, 2011
John Bourgeois ...  Dr. Max Jacobson 3 episodes, 2011
Tedde Moore Tedde Moore ...  Mrs. Shaw 3 episodes, 2011
Eliza Preston Eliza Preston ...  Caroline Kennedy 2 episodes, 2011
Kristin Adams ...  Cynthia 2 episodes, 2011
Glen Gaston Glen Gaston ...  Dean Rusk 2 episodes, 2011
Megan Vincent ...  Judy Campbell 2 episodes, 2011
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The story of the most fabled political family in American history, told in a manner similar to The Godfather: a manipulative, egocentric father determined to live out his own ambitions through his sons, who in turn spent their lives dancing to his tune while at the same time trying to stand on their own. This is history through personality - the tangled relationships through which paint a picture of one of the most turbulent periods of the modern age. Viewers will be upstairs at the White House, not in the Cabinet Room. Through iconic events in history - the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights struggle, the mob connection - viewers will learn about the lesser known, yet critical personal stories. Written by History Channel Publicity

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The triumphs and the tragedies of America's greatest dynasty. See more »

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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The Kennedys See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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(8 parts)

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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (some sequences)

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Tom Wilkinson and Diana Hardcastle play husband and wife, Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Kennedy, while in real life, they are married since 1988 with two daughters. See more »

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When "Dr. Feelgood" is injecting Jackie Kennedy the camera shows him withdrawing the needle. As the needle exits her skin, you can see it is a flat spring loaded "Special effects" needle and not a real hypodermic needle. See more »

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Very Good
15 November 2013 | by AndreapworthSee all my reviews

I was 6, living in Dallas, when this occurred. I just remember my Mom on the phone saying "oh no, oh no". And she hadn't even voted for Kennedy.

I just know that whenever anybody visited Dallas after that, they ALL wanted to go to the school book depository, as well as the famous grassy knoll. Sometimes, they even wanted to go on to Parkland. Sigh.

One of our neighbors from church was also a Dallas policeman, and he was in charge of 'guarding' Mrs. Kennedy and then V.P. Johnson. He had a lot of quiet stories to tell.

I thought this 'film' handled Oswald well, as the loner that he was. I'm just glad that he was taken out of the picture early on.

Katie Holmes was great as the poor Mrs. Kennedy. Maybe without the 'finishing school' touch, but she was spot-on, as were the other actors, although I didn't think Rose Kennedy was well represented. Nor do I think the actor portraying Lyndon Johnson was a good choice. But maybe that's because I later went to school in Austin.

Again, not a nice memory for this city, for sure. But this 'film' handled Mrs. Kennedy's miscarriage well and showed it as the real turning point in their lives. So many movies have been made about this event. Speaking as a Dallas native, although a very young native, it left its mark on the city.


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