Bobby

Bobby

DVD - 2007
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The 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in a Los Angeles hotel kitchen. We see Kennedy's acceptance speech after winning the California Democratic presidential primary, his death at the hands of gunman Sirhan Sirhan, and the chaos and despair that ensued. The people at the hotel don't know what is coming. Our grief at hearing RFK's own words, so eloquent, so hopeful and inspiring. Watch the horrible events unfold and wonder what might have been. Bobby was the man whom many thought would defeat Richard Nixon in the '68 general election. Centers around 22 people who were guests, staff, campaign workers, and reporters who were at the Ambassador Hotel on that June day. Many issues are addressed, including, the Vietnam war, drugs, alcoholism, voting irregularities, adultery, racism, immigration, and communism.

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amoby
May 06, 2017

A whole movie about the killing of a man and i still dont have any idea what was the killers motive. From schools or entertainment I guess history will never tell us why he was killed.

real_thing Jan 07, 2016

BOBBY KENEDY. TIME TO REMEMBER!!!!!!!!

real_thing Jan 07, 2016

BOBBY KENNEDY. REMEMBER

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newdog
Aug 04, 2015

The film was well acted; However, the title is very misleading. I was expecting a film about the personal &/or political campaign life of Bobby Kennedy & this film was none of that. Instead, it was a fictional depiction of the lives of those who may have been in the hotel that night. The film was written by Emilio Estevez & when he experienced severe writer's block, he checked into a motel to find quiet time to write & while talking with the front desk clerk, he found she'd been in the Ambassador Hotel on the night Bobby Kennedy was shot. He then based some of this movie on discussions he had with her. So although the film was well done, if you expect to watch a film about Bobby Kennedy, you'll likely be as disappointed as I was.

Ridiculously unentertaining, and horribly boring movie! Pure CRAPPOLA!

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AQUILEA777
Oct 26, 2014

Shows the squalid lives of mortals in hotel where Robert F. Kennedy was shot, and their sadness at his death. Boring soap opera till violent finale, though well acted by strong cast. Clips of RFK speaking display his facile mind, in contrast to other blockheaded politicians. Ending shows how worshipers foolishly mobbed RFK after California primary win, allowing assassination opportunity. Despite film's deification effort, RFK was not the universal savior, but backed certain groups against others. He could easily champion the poor against the middle class while living in comfort remote from both. Earlier he had fearlessly prosecuted the Mafia. In 1968 RFK's chief merit lay in opposing the Vietnam War, a stance he took years after some others. His assassination may have been engineered by the same warmaking elements who killed his brother.

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slarsen
Jun 22, 2014

I loved this movie! It has an extraordinary ensemble of actors, and a strong message brought to life as a movie. This story was representative of a time, a decade, in my life. I was from 20 to 30 years old at this time, so I was looking for inconsistencies, and there was nothing obvious. And it thrills me to know it was written and directed by a man that was just a baby at this time: Emilio Estevez. It was an important decade as it brought forth so much change, good and bad. I think the title can be misleading, but what would have been a good title?

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bunnytoes
Aug 27, 2013

This was such a great movie I can hardly believe the negative review coming from the previous commentor. It is true that the movie did not have much to do with Robert Kennedy, however, all the characters and their relationships with one another were authentic and touching. Great acting. Must see.

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Monolith
Feb 09, 2013

What an utter disappointment. I was really looking forward to this one, and frankly, I was mildly shocked at the dud this turned out to be. The first THREE QUARTERS of the film is dedicated to subplots of inconsequential characters that have virtually nothing to do with Bobby Kennedy. Nothing. Forgive me, but I honestly have zero interest in Helen Hunt's mindless dilemma of forgetting to pack her black shoes. And I couldn't care less if Demi Moore plays (or is) a used-up boozebag. Or if Heather Graham is secretly schtooping William H. Macy behind Sharon Stone's back. Are you for real, Emilio Estevez? I thought this was titled "Bobby"? What a shameless and shameful misnomer. Try directing a soap opera next time, pal, because that's effectively what this was. How embarrassing and discouraging. 1½ stars for the film footage of the late senator.

btmslt May 16, 2012

An interesting film about a terrible time in our history.

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Monolith
Feb 09, 2013

Robert F. Kennedy (voiceover): "This is a time of shame and sorrow. It is not a day for politics. I have saved this one opportunity, my only event of today, to speak briefly to you about the mindless menace of violence in America which again stains our land and every one of our lives. It is not the concern of any one race. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed." (cont'd)

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Monolith
Feb 09, 2013

(cont'd) "No one -- no matter where he lives or what he does -- can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed. And yet it goes on and on and on in this country of ours. Why? What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr's cause has ever been stilled by an assassin's bullet. No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of reason." (cont'd)

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Monolith
Feb 09, 2013

(cont'd) "Whenever any American's life is taken by another American unnecessarily -- whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of the law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence -- whenever we tear at the fabric of the life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded. "Among free men," said Abraham Lincoln, "there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet; and those who take such appeal are sure to lose their cause and pay the costs." Yet we seemingly tolerate a rising level of violence that ignores our common humanity and our claims to civilization alike." (cont'd)

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Monolith
Feb 09, 2013

(cont'd) "We calmly accept newspaper reports of civilian slaughter in far-off lands. We glorify killing on movie and television screens and call it entertainment. We make it easy for men of all shades of sanity to acquire whatever weapons and ammunition they desire. Too often we honor swagger and bluster and wielders of force; too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others. Some Americans who preach non-violence abroad fail to practice it here at home. Some who accuse others of inciting riots have by their own conduct invited them. Some look for scapegoats, others look for conspiracies, but this much is clear: violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul." (cont'd)

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Monolith
Feb 09, 2013

(cont'd) "For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is the slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter. This is the breaking of a man's spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a man among other men. And this too afflicts us all. I have not come here to propose a set of specific remedies nor is there a single set. For a broad and adequate outline we know what must be done." (cont'd)

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Monolith
Feb 09, 2013

(cont'd) "When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies, to be met not with cooperation but with conquest; to be subjugated and mastered. We learn,at the last, to look at our brothers as aliens, men with whom we share a city, but not a community; men bound to us in common dwelling, but not in common effort. We learn to share only a common fear, only a common desire to retreat from each other, only a common impulse to meet disagreement with force." (cont'd)

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Monolith
Feb 09, 2013

(cont'd) "For all this, there are no final answers. Yet we know what we must do. It is to achieve true justice among our fellow citizens. The question is not what programs we should seek to enact. The question is whether we can find in our own midst and in our own hearts that leadership of humane purpose that will recognize the terrible truths of our existence. We must admit the vanity of our false distinctions among men and learn to find our own advancement in the search for the advancement of others. We must admit in ourselves that our own children's future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others." (cont'd)

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Monolith
Feb 09, 2013

(cont'd) "We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge. Our lives on this planet are too short and the work to be done too great to let this spirit flourish any longer in our land. Of course we cannot vanquish it with a program, nor with a resolution. But we can perhaps remember, if only for a time, that those who live with us are our brothers,that they share with us the same short moment of life; that they seek, as do we, nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and in happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can. Surely, this bond of common faith, this bond of common goal, can begin to teach us something. Surely, we can learn,at least, to look at those around us as fellow men, and surely we can begin to work a little harder to bind up the wounds among us and to become in our own hearts brothers and countrymen once again."

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