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Martin Sheen played president well before his stint on television's The West Wing in this affecting miniseries about John F. Kennedy. All of the momentous events of JFK's remarkable term are covered (with actual news footage used to excellent effect), but it is the portrayal of the entire Kennedy family as real, flawed people that gives Kennedy its power. The Kennedys gossip, snipe, joke, and bother each other like a real family rather than rigid historical figures or threadbare caricatures. Sheen plays Kennedy as a man with lofty ideals who is more than willing to dirty his hands to serve his greater purpose. Blair Brown plays Jacqueline Kennedy with a shrewd understanding of politics, but also a whiff of vanity. In addition to the strong performances by both leads, Vincent Gardenia gives a brilliant performance as J. Edgar Hoover: stiff, quirky and strange, prurient and moralistic at the same time, and boiling with hatred. The DVD includes 75 minutes of documentary footage from the Kennedy library. --Ali Davis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The series was more about speeches so I rated it a 3 ...delivery was great I'm sure I will be a repeat customerPublished on Oct. 29 2013 by Jackie Pretty
Sheen is, of course, great and this series is very, very good. Anyone interested in the Kennedys will not be disappointed in this series.Published on Jan. 29 2013 by J. Verge
This was an excellent Mini Series - Martin Sheen as John Kennedy was right on and Blair Brown was the perfect Jackie. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2007 by Jeanette Chernow
Having already mastered RFK in 1975's THE MISSLES OF OCTOBER, it was only logical that Martin Sheen step up to the role he was seemingly born to play in what has proved to be one... Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by Gregory Saffady
Martin Sheen plays an excellent John Kennedy in the 1983 mini-series, Kennedy. he's got the voice of John Kennedy down almost to perfection.
the DVD version is great. Read more
This 2-disc DVD set is outstanding. I recall seeing this mini-series when it originally aired in November 1983, exactly 20 years after JFK's tragic assassination. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2001 by David Von Pein
This movie, first shown on NBC in Nov. '83 to coincide with the anniversary of of JFK's death, is a great tribute to the man, his times and his legacy. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2001 by Thomas Rodriguez