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BONUS FEATURE: Includes 45 minute featurette The Kennedys: From Story to Film with behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew interviews.
The complete absence of Edward Kennedy--who is never mentioned, let alone seen--is peculiar; sisters Kathleen, Eunice, and Jean are also nowhere to be found. That leaves the primary focus on paterfamilias Joseph Kennedy Sr., wife Rose, sons Jack and Bobby, and Jackie, and the portrayals of these near-mythic characters are among the best ever filmed. Tom Wilkinson plays Joe as a thoroughly ruthless, imperious kingmaker who, after his own and eldest son Joe Jr.'s presidential ambitions are ended (Sr. was fired from his post as British ambassador after disagreeing with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's war policies, while Jr. died in combat), forces the reluctant JFK to enter politics. As Jack, Greg Kinnear beautifully conveys the late president's humor, charisma, and compassion, while Barry Pepper is a revelation as the rebellious but strait-laced and dutiful Bobby, whose principal responsibility seems to be cleaning up after his older brother's many sexual indiscretions (Katie Holmes's long-suffering Jackie is a bit of a cipher, as was the first lady in real life). That these and other performances, including Diana Hardcastle's Rose and Don Allison's Lyndon Johnson, are in the service of material better suited to a soap opera than a serious drama hardly matters; any way you look at it, The Kennedys is compulsively watchable and never less than entertaining. --Sam Graham
Good price, great series.Saw this on TV but not all at once. Wanted to see it uninterrupted . For anyone interested in the Kennedy's and the acting was terrific.Published 19 months ago by Judith Hamill
Big fan of the iconic American family and this series does a good (although short) job of telling their story.Published 20 months ago by Anthony Boucher
Mais on me dit que la série est très bien faite.
Que les acteurs sont très bons. Read more
This miniseries is extremely well done. Had seen it before and was so happy to be able to purchase it for our collection of such historical movies/shows.Published on Jan. 29 2013 by J. Verge