America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story (2003)

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Originally titled America's Son, this cable-TV biopic of John F. Kennedy Jr. begins at the end, with the plane crash of July 19, 1999, that took the lives of Kennedy, his wife Caroline, and his sister-in-law. From this tragic vantage point, the film segues into flashbacks detailing the very public life of J.F.K. Sr.'s only son, of whom it was once said, "The world knew his name before he did." Based on The Day John Died, a book by George Andersen, the film intimates that "John-John" would have been happy charting his own course in life, but was instead channelled into following in the Kennedy tradition by his iron-willed mother Jacqueline (played by Jacqueline Bisset, who'd previously essayed an à clef version of Jackie O. in the theatrical feature The Greek Tycoon). Thus, John enters law school, where he is twice humiliated by failing to pass the bar exam. Finally, as editor of the high-profile George magazine, John can stand on his own merits and not as an adjunct of the Kennedy mystique. Naturally, the film devotes time aplenty to J.F.K. Jr.'s well-publicized romances, notably his lengthy association with actress Daryl Hannah (here played by Tara Chocol) and his ultimate marriage to Caroline Bessette (Portia de Rossi). Somewhat undercutting the credibility of the restaged scenes is the producers' utilization of interviews with the actual friends and associates of John Jr. -- not to mention film clips of the "real" Kennedy, employed as bridges between scenes. America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story debuted January 12, 2003, on TBS.
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Cast

Kristoffer Polaha
as John F. Kennedy Jr.
Portia de Rossi
as Carolyn Bessette Kennedy
Jacqueline Bisset
as Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis
Tara Chocol
as Daryl Hannah
Rob Smith
as Michael Berman
Kirsten Bishopric
as Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg
Jennifer Baxter
as Lauren Bessette
Tammy Isbell
as Charley
Colin Fox
as Lawton
Michael Riley
as Kennedy Biographer
George R. Robertson
as Maurice Templesman
Kris Polaha
as John F. Kennedy Jr.
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Critic Reviews for America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story

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Full Review… | January 20, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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Continue[s] after his death the opprobrious exploitation by the media that JFK, Jr. suffered during his life.

January 10, 2003
culturevulture.net

Audience Reviews for America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story

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"People keep telling me I can be a great man. I'd rather be a good one." - John F. Kennedy Jr. America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story chronicles the life and death of the beloved son of the 35th president. Until his 1999 death in a plane crash JFK Jr. was also famous as editor of George magazine, People's "Sexiest Man Alive", and for relationships with actress Daryl Hannah and his wife Carolyn. When I first saw this TV film I find it very good, especially with the interviews of people recalling Kennedy's experiences throughout. I knew that if it weren't for tragedies in the Kennedy clan then JFK Jr. would have certainly followed his father's footsteps into politics. Starring very good performances from Kristoffer Polaha, Jacqueline Bisset, and Portia De Rossi.

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