7.01 h 56 min2006R
A look inside the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy who was shot in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
Emilio Estevez
Anthony HopkinsDemi MooreLaurence Fishburne
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Shia LaBeoufChristian SlaterElijah WoodWilliam H. MacyMartin Sheen
Michel LitvakHolly Wiersma
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MarcusReviewed in the United States on February 15, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie until the assassination scenes.
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I greatly enjoyed this movie. Emilio Estevez did a fantastic job in writing the story. I couldn't believe the sheer number of top flight actors in the movie. Only one thing kept me from giving a five star rating: portraying Sirhan as the only shooter in Bobby's assassination. I was waiting for Emilio's way of portraying the actual shooting, where everything else in this movie was leading up to what we knew would be happening, and then BOOM; what a let down. Every witness stated Sirhan was in front of Bobby, yet all his wounds were from the rear. There were at least 2 shooters behind Bobby I believe. I was waiting also for Emilio's portrayal of the girl in the polka dot dress, mentioned as being all around the hotel by numerous witnesses, especially her escape down the outside stairway with the man in the gold sweater past a witness that heard her say: We shot him, we shot him.
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flowerpowerReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Camelot was seized and finally taken from us all in those terrible years
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We haven't had a worthy candidate since. None have had the grace, understanding, compassion or desire to create an atmosphere of kindness in our country. What might this world have become? JFK, MLK, RFK. All incredible people, all conveniently silenced. Such traumatic years. I remember my parents let me stay awake to watch the election and hear his speech. I'd gone into the kitchen when I heard my parents wail. It was unbelievable and I think many people lost a slice of hope that night which has never returned.

This movie is so well done, and full of the spirit of the times and RFK. Highly worth seeing.
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David S. JenkinsReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
Still a Raw Nerve, an Unhealed Wound
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I avoided this film for two years not just because I assumed it would fail to live up to the importance of it's topic, but because that topic is still difficult for me to deal with. The story takes place just a week past my 16th birthday, but for me (and almost everyone of my age that I know,) it's as though Bobby was shot last night. When I see footage from the Ambassador ballroom, or when I see film of the funeral train... the tears quickly well up. Four decades later, I choke up.

In reading the many Amazon pages of reviews for this film, you can get a feel for the age of the author. I wouldn't expect anyone under the age of perhaps 12 at the time (or not yet born) to react the same way to this film as those of us who remember the night in vivid detail. And to those too young to really feel this film as we older folks do, three quick points...

One, many reviewers don't like the fact that there are so many seemingly unrelated personal stories woven together into this film. I understand the complaint, it's the "Nashville" syndrome and I'm no Robert Altman fan.

But it makes absolute sense here to show a dozen or so simultaneous tales leading to a common conclusion - because it drives home the fact that Bobby's campaign spoke so eloquently and intimately to such a wide range of social classes and demographics, and that his death shattered them equally. On the day after Bobby finally passed away in his hospital bed, I remember noticing that even Republicans, even conservatives, even those that supported the war, even "grown-ups" and my high school teachers were just stunned with shock by what had happened... that there was a fog of unreality and disbelief that people seemed to wander through aimlessly for a few days...

Second point - there's a small scene after Bobby is shot where a young man throws a chair against a lobby wall. This rings true (as does everything in the final twenty minutes of the film) as it hints at what was to come, the rage we all felt, the fury, the visceral disgust at our government for continuing an obscene and pointless war, the inconsolable pain and the desire for revenge that many of us had. The Weather Underground was born in the hearts of many of us that night.

Finally, in terms of Mr. Estevez' ability to draw the best out of his cast and the dedication with which they approached their roles (for this was obviously each cast member's personal tribute to Bobby...), the look on William H. Macy's face as he watches the ambulance drive away says it all. Macy, a supremely gifted actor, moves deeply in his heart to a place that most actors don't always manage to go.

If you're too young to remember that night yourself, trust me.

Look at Macy's face, watch him try to cope, to hold on, look into his eyes.

That's exactly what it felt like when we heard... that Bobby... had... been shot.
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HKReviewed in the United States on June 23, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Right on, right on
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Thank you, Amazon, for putting this movie up right now. When I watched this back when it came out I remember feeling pretty dismissive about it. But now, ten years later, I have a new appreciation. When the scenes between Helen Hunt and Martin Sheen felt heavy handed, now it feel even handed, calm, subtle, tightly controlled. I wish Emilio Estevez would write something again. Maybe it's nostalgia, the thrill to see Sharon Stone again (I recognized her her from her back, from her walk, who else is that distinctive?) and Freddy Rodriguez from around the height of Six Feet Under, Anthony Hopkins, a nineties staple but if you ever saw The Lion in Winter, a force, a national resource, a bright red line through the decades and Demi Moore who earns all the feels when she's in Sharon Stone's beauty chair, head forward then back, the best drunk acting I've ever seen down to the seemingly improvised, "when did I grow this flat part on my ass?".
But most of all, Amazon, thank you for transcribing every sentence of RFK's speech in the trivia section, or maybe I should thank IMDB, maybe both. When I call my senator in the next coming weeks, expressing my opinion on gun legislation and the live person asks me if I have anything else to add it will be a sentence from the speech. Fifty calls, fifty sentences (give or take, my counting isn't very good).
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Paul CondylisReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
Emilio Estevez deserves a great deal of credit for his directing-writing achievement in this ...
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Emilio Estevez deserves a great deal of credit for his directing-writing achievement in this film, even though it may have many flaws. I assume the subject of the film (Robert Kennedy's assassination) and Emilio's own family's prestige (Martin Sheen, etc.) drew an extremely impressive array of major actors to appear in less-than-starring roles. First, getting the bricks out of the way, the pace of much of the film was slow and often unengaging. I pre-judged the film by wondering why there were so many subplots with small groups of characters seemingly unrelated. Alas, I was to realize in the end that they were all dealing with actual victims of the shooting that killed Bobby Kennedy. Made sense. And I can see why Estevez could not reveal their place in the story earlier. Now, the kudos. His treatment in the final scenes of the film showed high skill and talent in capturing the confusion, pandemonium, terror, and tragedy surrounding Bobby's assassination. Especially in light of the high possibility of RFK’s becoming President and perhaps one of our best. It was an awful event, and Emilio captured that "awfulness" viscerally. He succeeded in a difficult task of seamlessly integrating actual footage of the event with staged footage. The final moments appealed to me greatly because of the voice-over speech by Robert Kennedy himself heard calmly and simply against the well-edited scenes of the chaos, his actual statements about the need for love, understanding, tolerance and divine nature among humans. I had never heard those words before, and I must say I was profoundly moved by them and very grateful for their inclusion in the film as the final statement overriding the horror of the disaster. The long statement really needed to be said and heard in the context of all evil. Listen to those words again and I believe you will find they rank favorably with history's greatest public utterances, Martin Luther King's, Gandhi's, FDR's, Lincoln's, even the Sermon on the Mount. You think I've gone too far? Listen again to that part of the film. I thought Estevez hit it out of the park with that, not because of its filmic power, but because of its very important spiritual necessity for all of us to think about in the face of all conflict and strife in our troubled world. Of course, the cast of wonderful actors presented themselves with artistry and taste. I do wonder why listings of the film show only one or two as the leads. Harry Belafonte seems to show up high on every published cast list. He was excellent, but not more than the contribution of all the other stars who volunteered to participate in this film. I think the film is important and should be seen by everyone, but it did not and will not ever get the attention it deserves for all the reasons that make big films celebrated.
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Chelsea WadsworthReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Film, Not to be Missed
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Emilio Estevez masterfully weaves a heart wrenching story around the assassination of Bobby Kennedy in 1968, painting a vivid picture of the late Sixties through newsreels and other historical footage melded with a montage of characters, subplots and the tragic event itself. The movie is built around a day in the lives of a huge ensemble of Hollywood A-List stars, all either staying in or working at the Ambassador Hotel where Kennedy was fatally shot during his ill-fated campaign for the Democratic nomination for president in June of that year. The cast includes Sharon Stone, Anthony Hopkins, Lindsay Lohan, William Macy, Laurence Fishborne, Christian Slater, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Shia Labouf, Elija Wood, Helen Hunt, Nick Cannon – the list goes on and on. Joshua Jackson and Labouf provide a riotously comedic counterpoint to the generally somber tone of the movie with their depiction of two political neophytes on their first acid trip sponsored by – who else? – Kutcher, reprising his “Seventies Show” character as a classic Sixties tie-die sporting headband holding drug dealer. Demi Moore does a turn as a jaded and (ever so slightly by modern standards) aging pop star who’s apparently more valued for her looks than vocal talents, with Estevez as her long suffering husband who’s abandoned his own dreams trying to manage his wife’s faltering career and slow her increasingly serious descent into alcoholism. Macy, Stone and Heather Graham form an ill-fated trio of betrayal and love reborn, with Lohan and Wood portraying a young couple grappling with Wood’s impending conscription into the army, where, without some kind of excuse, he most likely will end up on the front lines in Vietnam. Ms. Hunt stars as the insecure wife of Martin Sheen, a successful business man and Kennedy supporter, and in an Upstairs/Downstairs twist, Fishbourne and Freddy Rodriquez offer a view into Latino/African American relations in the kitchen with a lovely duet as the chef and an earnest young busboy, one of whom is forced to miss a potentially record breaking Dodgers game that, stranger than fiction, really did take place that same evening.
All these elements and relationships, along with the sights, sounds and music of the Sixties, come together as the film climaxes around Bobby Kennedy’s dramatic win of the Democratic primary (which could quite possibly have catapulted him into the White House) and his subsequent assassination by Sirhan Sirhan later that same night as Kennedy made his way through the kitchen, having just concluded his victory speech (much of which was included in the film) in the ballroom of the hotel. As is to be expected in a movie this ambitious and far reaching, some of the plots and characters are not as fully realized or believable as might be hoped, nonetheless, the film captures the times and the moment with surprising grace, and a lighter touch than might be thought possible given the nature of the material. And despite having to share the stage, as it were, with an enormous number of co-stars, the actors all seem to be giving it their level best in the limited time apportioned to each of them with which to convey their part of the story. All in all, this film is not only quite enjoyable to watch, it provides a compelling lesson, well worth knowing, about the history of our country during that tumultuous era and the people that lived through it.
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Abby OwenReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not another repeated documentary...finally!
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Searched for this movie for ages and was stoked to find it. Wonderful story telling of multiple walks of life in a historical era. It is NOT a documentary! It's also NOT solely focused on Bobby Kennedy or his life. If that's what you are wanting this is definitely not the movie for you. But if you like deeply emotional movies that make you feel like you are in that place and time with the characters you will love this film.
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SpiritReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I bought this movie as a combination purchase with its companion book on a $5.00 clearance at a grocery store. I hadn't seen it before but I noticed the all star cast and thought " I can't lose much for 5 bucks" so I bought it, took it home and watched it. Outstanding movie ! And the bonus features were every bit as good as the movie. It's one of my favorites and I've recommended it to all my friends many of whom took my recommendation to see it and were as impressed with it as I am. A movie that should be in everyone's collection :)
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