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Chappaquiddick

  • 2018
  • PG-13
  • 107min
  • 81%
  • 6.5 / 10

Chappaquiddick follows the real-life story of Senator Ted Kennedy who, in 1969, was involved in an accident resulting in the death of a passenger in the car, Mary Jo Kopechne. The film follows the moments prior to the accident and how, in the hours afterward, one of the most famous and powerful families in the world dealt with the tragedy that turned into a scandal. True accounts from the original investigation were used to create the story and how this has become only one incident in what will ultimately be known as 'The Kennedy Curse.'

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Jason Clarke, who plays Ten Kennedy in the film, interestingly enough was born the day before the incident in 1969. Two men that play extras in the movie on a scene that takes place on a ferry boat are the real-life captain and deckhand who were on the ferry in 1969. Another interesting note is the tagline of the film, The Untold True Story. It certainly was an incident that followed Ted Kennedy through the remainder of his life.

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Chappaquiddick is a drama film directed by John Curran and was released by Entertainment Studios on April 6, 2018. The film chronicles the 1969 Chappaquiddick incident where Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy killed a woman when he drove his car into Poucha Pond, and stars Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan, Clancy Brown, and Bruce Dern. It was initially premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10. Only projected to earn about $2-4 million, Chappaquiddick exceeded expectations by finishing 7th in the box office with $5.8 million. Critical response was greatly positive especially for its screenplay and Clarke’s performance as Kennedy. Some criticisms for the film deemed it “conjecture” littered with “conspiracy theories” with regards that Kennedy never attempted to distance himself from Kopechne’s death.