Chappaquiddick

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  101 min.
Release Date:
April 6, 2018 - select cities
April 13, 2018 - additional cities
DVD/Blu-ray: July 10, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.68
based on 38 votes and 13 reviews
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Cast: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan, Clancy Brown, Olivia Thirlby, Bruce Dern

Synopsis

After midnight on July 18, 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) was driving his car to the ferry after hosting a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. Also in the car was Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara), 28, who had served on the 1968 presidential campaign of Ted's older brother, Robert Kennedy. 

While driving over a one-lane bridge, Kennedy lost control of the car and it plummeted into water. He managed to get free and onto the bank. He walked away and brought back a couple of friends to see if they could extract Mary Jo from the car, but they were unsuccessful. 

Although Kennedy, who was married, later vowed that he was not having any illicent relations with Mary Jo, he returned to his hotel did not report the accident to authorities. At approximately 8 a.m., the vehicle was found by two fishermen who reported it to the police. Mary Jo's body was found and extracted from the car within 10 minutes. 

With three of his older brothers dead, in 1969 Ted is his father's (Bruce Dern) last hope for the presidency. Although he considers Ted a "ne'er-do-well," he enlists spin doctors to work on covering up the incident, using the Apollo 11 moon landing as a distraction.


Director: John Curran
Studio: D Films
Producer(s): Mark Ciardi, Chris Cowles, Campbell G. McInnes
Screenplay: Taylor Allen, Andrew Logan
Official Site: chappaquiddickmovie.com

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  • 1 star "The producers should've made a movie about Ted Cruz instead, the lead actor is a dead ringer for moron Cruz and the pace of the movie is equally dull."
  • 5 stars "very interesting portrayal I thought ,of the Kennedy name and how it could be used to get you out of a jam . Interesting also the insight into the family pressures on Ted Kennedy to try and continue the presidential reign . Well worth watching if you are a history fan ."
  • 4 stars "This was an honest portrayal, or, as honest as you could get if it relied on Teddy Kennedy's truth. This was a tragedy at the time, and most intelligent people realized what was going on behind the scenes....which this movie tells the tale. A sad and tragedy ending for a dedicated, young woman."