Chappaquiddick

Chappaquiddick

DVD - 2018
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Based on historical events, this suspenseful thriller examines the infamous 1969 death of Mary Jo Kopechne, who drowned after Senator Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, and the moral and legal complexities that played out over the following week.

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COURIER3
Nov 11, 2018

Excellent. Prime example how you can get away with manslaughter if you have money, power and the name of Kennedy. Surprised to see Bruce Dern as the Kennedy patriarch a cripple from a stroke. To me Teddy was not the Lion of the senate, but a coward. I recall the incident very well. Same year, 1969 astronauts landed on the moon.

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Byond
Nov 09, 2018

Subtitle for the book of the same name is 'Power, Privilege, and the Ted Kennedy Cover-up' explains the film to some extent. Two reviewers here recommend reading the WIki entry and several wonder how, if he got out, she could not.
As an effort to make sense out of it all, the film more or less assumes a morally clueless Ted, conditioned by Joe Kennedyitis. Although this provides a queasy experience for the viewer, and this is greatly enhanced by the recognizable Ted Kennedyness of the actor, it leaves the viewer merely with the possibility that the worm will turn.
One might conclude that the public is merely ignorant and gullible, as Simpson jurors perhaps, or Trump supporters, but I suspect they have reason that reason knows not of.
I felt the film was built like a brick commode, to clean up a phrase; the score was extremely helpful apart from snippets of music of the era, which did not ring bells for me.
Probably Shakespear's plays of court intrigue will be more cathartic; this one did not even deliver hope that time wounds all heels. After all, who of us is without faults?
BTW There is a shot of a purse and keys in the film which might remain mysterious unless one has read the wiki piece on the incident.

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posie12
Oct 31, 2018

Just in case you didn't believe democrats could behave badly!

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chakakant
Oct 30, 2018

Rather than as others state, 'Ted was a bad guy unlike older brothers' it has to be that he was wounded BY what happened to all of them and it affected his behavior. Maybe he was an arrested development character, the youngest (me 2) often are, BUT, how can one NOT be hurt by elder siblings demise? HELLO! So, that in mind, it STILL was horrible for him 2 leave her there 2 drown whilst thinking about what 2 do. BUT, he was drunk and that would distort your thinking obviously.....!?

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rugolin
Oct 24, 2018

Slow paced and fairly straightforward account of the event that probably changed American political history. The movie is more of a character study of Ted Kennedy and his actions leading up to and after the unfortunate incidents of that fateful night. The Machiavellian machinations set into motion to save his career and avoid justice give credence to the idea there is a law for the rich and famous and another for everyone else. Even to the point that the public is willing to forgive someone named Kennedy for a serious crime ending someone's life.

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KAREN S HARRIS
Oct 19, 2018

I am old enough to remember but was amazed at the lying, coverup that occurred. The Kennedy name had a lot of clout but Ted really took advantage of that. I'm assuming the MA people didn't want to believe what actually happened. The fact remains Mary Jo could have been saved if Ted had at least tried instead of simply walking away seemingly unconcerned about anyone but himself. Always wondered if the Kopke family received coverup paymt.

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poiuy09876
Oct 17, 2018

Boring beyond belief. Actor that played Ted Kennedy looked a little like him, not enough to carry the movie. Scene at the beginning, Ted is sitting in the back of a car feeling sorry for himself tells his lawyer "I'm not going to be president". Mary Jo's body was still underwater in the car and police had not been called yet after 10 hours. Pretty sickening. Not sure what they were trying to accomplish with this movie. It might have been somewhat healing if they had just told the truth. Kennedy should have been charged with manslaughter and kicked out of congress. Zero stars.

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BlueHippo
Oct 04, 2018

This was pretty good. As someone old enough to actually remember this incident, I thought it was a pretty fair reenactment of the situation. It does not answer questions that have never been answered: was there a romantic relationship between Mary Jo Kopechne and Ted Kennedy? What REALLY happened that enabled Ted to get free from the car and Mary Jo to remain trapped inside? Was there really a “cover-up” as opposed to just a man who was dazed and confused and afraid? But I didn’t feel the film was trying to do that, since no one will ever know the answers to those questions. Fairly good acting, great period sets and use of period news films.

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ba_library
Sep 16, 2018

I had no idea how this was reviewed or perceived. I borrowed it because it involved American politics and American history. The writers state in the bonus material that they did not want to make it a hatchet job or a glowing endorsement. So, overall to me, it comes across a bit mediocre. The film is neither stellar nor boring. Ted comes across as a young man with lots of burdens and expectations. He gets into an accident in Chappaquiddick that kills a young woman and has to face the consequences after he fails to report the accident. He has a team of advisors and relatives to cover for him, but he still has to face his father (played by Bruce Dern, who does a great job playing the domineering father, who is disabled by 1969). Ted tells him “Dad, I’m the only son you have left.” Dad responds, “You will never be great.” So, it’s hard to feel any sympathy for this family of privilege, expected to excel. They manipulate politics and try to manipulate every aspect of the Chappaquiddick incident. Ted Kennedy was the 4th longest serving U.S. Senator. He may have great achievements as a politician and humanitarian, but he will always have the legacy of Chappaquiddick

JCLHeatherM Sep 12, 2018

A dramatized retelling of Ted Kennedy's infamous party on Chappaquiddick island that resulted in the death of campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne after a reckless night of driving. The film depicts Kennedy's delayed reaction to the accident and his ultimate decision to have the voters decide his fate in Congress. Though the film is well acted, there are liberties to enhance the story rather than document events as they happened.

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jimg2000
Jul 29, 2018

***SPOILER ALERT*** The defining action/non-action:

What could you possibly be thinking? How could you let this much time go by?
-Well, did you see the police arrive at the cottage last night?
No.
- No? Well, don't you think, if I had reported it, the police would have been there within the hour?
I guess so.
-I thought this matter had been handled. I thought I could count on you. The moment the police didn't arrive at the cottage, you should have known.
You should have known it was your responsibility to report it to the authorities.
What the hell are you talking about?
-No, you bungled this, Joey. You bungled it.

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