Kennedy covers the tumultuous 1000 Days of the JFK Presidency - the abortive invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, violent racial conflict, the escalation of America's involvement in Vietnam, the moon shots and the Missile ... more »Crisis, It explores his private life, relationships within the family and with Jackie, the tragic death of their infant son, his womanizing and obsessive scrutiny by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Winner of Golden Globe and the Screen Actor's Guild Awards for his portrayal of President Josiah Bartlet in the hit television series The West Wing, Martin Sheen leads an all-star cast that includes Blair Brown as Jackie, John Shea as Bobby, E.G. Marshall as Joseph Kennedy, Geraldine Fitzgerald as Rose and Vincent Gardenia as Kennedy nemesis J. Edgar Hoover.« less
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO Reviewed on 1/15/2016...
Very moving well acted TV mini-series that depict a part of American history that simply must be preserved and looked at from time to time. We had watched this back in 1983 and found it amazingly accurate (as far as we knew). An inside look at the White House that has only been improved on with the great The West Wing series, again starring the wonderful Martin Sheen! Blair Brown portrays Jackie probably better than any actress of her generation in actions and looks!
ONE OF TV'S BEST MINI-SERIES
Gregory Saffady | Michigan | 05/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having already mastered RFK in 1975's THE MISSLES OF OCTOBER, it was only logical that Martin Sheen step up to the role he was seemingly born to play in what has proved to be one of the best mini-series ever produced. KENNEDY is a believable docu-drama that stays true to the 1000 day historical record. What's very commendable is Jim Goddard staying away in mass from the soap opera element of JFK's now much publicized adultery and the blind eye turned (to it) by his wife, staff and family. Vincent Gardinia offers memory burn as J. Edgar Hoover, just as Sheen does with JFK. The final ride through Dealy Plaza is horrific."
The Kennedy Years, Warts and All
C. MacNeil | Fort Wayne, IN USA | 11/29/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This 1983 NBC mini-series may well be the best of its kind and remains probably the definitive Kennedy docu-drama. The film is confined to the brief years of the presidential administration, and is refreshingly honest in retelling the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the presidential philandering and, of course, the drama of that fateful final day. Martin Sheen is magnificent, as usual, in the title role, and he plays his presidential role with a believeable human quality that the real man thought of his constituency as the disenfranchised. As the first lady, Blair Brown's portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy is riveting and haunting as impressed throughout with her voiced-over prophecy of her "appointment with death." Beyond the two leads, a stellar supporting cast is headed by the late E.G. Marshall as the Kennedy patriarch, Joe Sr., John Shea as RFK and the late Vincent Gardenia in a sinister turn as FBI head J. Edgar Hoover. But this film belongs to Sheen and Brown, and together they ignite a sense of glamour and vitality that defined the real couple. Brown, especially, however, is mesmerizing, and her accomplishment here is a must-see. There are apparently two versions on the market, the original and an edited time-condensed version. Stay away from the shorter one. The editing is so bad that continunity is sacrificed, and all we get is a jumbled mess. The original is well worth the five or so hours to watch it, and its an impassioned account of the successes and shortcomings of the Camelot administration."
The accents go wrong here and there
Bradley F. Smith | Miami Beach, FL | 10/26/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Being from Massachusetts, I can say that the attempted Kennedy accents in this 1983 miniseries are occassionally almost accurate, never entirely perfect, and sometimes just plain awful. Still, the writing and acting here are pretty good for a TV movie of this vintage. Some parts go on way too long, such as the Bay of Pig and civil rights segments, and J. Edgar Hoover is creepy sometimes, but mostly just over the top. Resemblances are uncanny, though, to the real Hoover and Jackie Kennedy. Martin Sheen as JFK is close, but no cigar. EG Marshall as old man Kennedy does a great job. This is certainly no substitute for history, but as a TV entertainment, it remains impressive. The cutting is pretty contemporary for something of this vintage. This, overall, holds up pretty well."
Best Kennedy impersonation ever
O. Rios | Texas | 10/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Martin Sheen plays an excellent John Kennedy in the 1983 mini-series, Kennedy. he's got the voice of John Kennedy down almost to perfection.the DVD version is great. you get additional footage such as JFK's Inaugural Address, One Day in Berlin, One Week in October, and The Last Two Days.throughout the mini-series you see the tension between Hoover and both Jack and Bobby, you go along on the campaign trail with JFK, right up until the shots are fired in Dallas.
i surley enjoyed watching all of it."
Excellent account of one of our greatest presidents
Thomas Rodriguez | Grand Junction, CO USA | 10/14/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie, first shown on NBC in Nov. '83 to coincide with the anniversary of of JFK's death, is a great tribute to the man, his times and his legacy. Brilliantly portrayed by Martin Sheen, JFK comes to life on the small screen, and Blair Brown gives a great performance as First Lady Jackie. This DVD is the COMPLETE version of the 3 part miniseries that was originally aired on tv.
All in all, GREAT release for the DVD format. From Election Night to Assassination, the film tells the whole story of Kennedy's presidency. Not to be missed!