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RFK (2002)

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The first biographical film produced by the FX cable channel, RFK covers the last five years in the life of Robert F. Kennedy, here played by British actor Linus Roache. The narrative begins in 1963, with the assassination of Bobby's brother, president John F. Kennedy (Martin Donovan). His appointment as Attorney General already a source of outrage for resentful new President Lyndon Johnson (James Cromwell), Bobby now finds himself in the position of proving his worth all over again -- not only to his brother's successor and the world, but also himself. With the spirit of his brother acting as counsel, Bobby succeeds beyond his wildest dreams, especially in the field of social and racial reform. By 1968, he is a viable candidate for the presidency himself, and there seems to be no stopping him -- but fate, as it often will, again takes a hand in matters. Unlike previous cinematic recaps of the early 1960s, RFK is careful not to identify its characters as heroes or heels, but instead as human beings with all the strengths and shortcomings indigenous to the species. Filmed in Ontario, RFK originally aired on August 25, 2002.
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    Fox Television Studios

Cast

Linus Roache
as Robert Francis Kennedy
James Cromwell
as Lyndon B. Johnson
David Paymer
as Dick Goodwin
Martin Donovan
as John F. Kennedy
Marnie McPhail
as Ethel Kennedy
Sergio Di Zio
as Adam Walinsky
Jacob Vargas
as Cesar Chavez
Ving Rhames
as Judge Thomas R. Jones
Kevin Hare
as Edward Kennedy
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½

NICE TRY, MEANS WELL, BUT ULTIMATELY IT DOESN'T QUITE WORK. THE PERFORMANCES, ESPECIALLY LINUS ROACHE, ARE EXAGGERATED AND DO NOT CONVINCE. THE STORY IS FINE THOUGH. IT HAS THAT MADE FOR TV LOOK TO IT.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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