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On July 18, 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy and campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne left a party on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts and headed into the darkness in Kennedy's car. The circumstances surrounding what happened having been swirled in controversy for nearly 50 year.
Suspense Drama - This is a fact-based drama aimed at older adults. Fans of Jason
Clarke will enjoy this lead showcase, and while Ed Helms has only a
small role, this serious change of pace will please his fans. Kate
Mara only has a small role. Adult subject matter and some language
make the film not for kids, who would not be interested anyhow.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average ...for those who are drawn to re-creations of historical controversies that pack more gravitas and outright tragedy, "Chappaquiddick” could prove satisfying enough, especially with the in-vogue-again Kennedy clan at the center.
NY PostFull Review Good This film is very obviously anti-Ted Kennedy. Clarke, a marvelous actor, gives a perfect performance as the eventual Lion of the Senate. He never becomes too likable, too villainous, too clownish or too reverent...
Rolling StoneFull Review Good The film is corrosive in its take on the injustice that allowed Ted to live and prosper in a protective bubble of privilege. Clarke makes it clear that the man himself most likely felt the same way.
NewsdayFull Review Good ... riveting drama... With a combination of careful detail and dramatic license, "Chappaquiddick” (sharply written by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan) is guaranteed to stir new outrage over one of the foulest-smelling stories — and one of the most audacious comebacks — in modern politics.
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The scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. Not only did this event take the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, but it ultimately changed the course of presidential history forever. Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran and writers Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen, intimately expose the broad reach of political power, the influence of America's most celebrated family; and the vulnerability of Ted Kennedy, the youngest son, in the shadow of his family legacy.