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 play out over the following week.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, California] :, Entertainment Studios,, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD CHA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
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OurKnightsTale
Jan 13, 2019

First off the sound track is terrible. We had to turn the TV up to 60 to hear anything at all!

Story shows basic privilege of the wealthy whites in the 60s. It rolls slow, but the story is historic and all should know our history so we do not repeat it.

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oPod
Dec 28, 2018

See how the priveledged wiggle their way out of trouble. Eventually, Kennedy sorta grows a backbone and kinda sorta does the right thing.

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kwinchell
Dec 24, 2018

A bit slow moving. Terrible soundtrack - as with most movies in recent years - can't hear the talking without turning it way up, and then they come in with the loud (unnecessary) music that blasts you out of the room.
Worth a look, but the documentary on TV was much better.

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Mouziey
Dec 06, 2018

I had a pretty untainted opinion of Ted Kennedy Senator, only knew that all his Kennedy brother or is it the males are 'jinx ' with bad fortune. It is a very unbias film of is he or not the killer or lover who killed a mistress. I will just critique the film & lighting for bring the history to life for someone untainted by the "dealings" of this clan just like all powerful clans, Rockefellers, Winchesters, Hearst , Trumps, Clintons, Bush etc. They impacted the American culture & because of their dealings it encouraged US Americans to not be unjudicial in unlawful acts .

Great moral film....builds character for the viewer.

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chriscoleman
Dec 02, 2018

This is an excellent film, although it's painful to watch.
It tells the real story of what happened to Ted Kennedy's mistress and how he was responsible for her totally preventable death. He told so many lies it was sickening and so was the behavior of his friends and her friends who all seemed more interested in covering up for Ted than saving a woman who at that time was still alive.

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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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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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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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