The story of 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, California, and twenty-two people in the hotel, whose lives were never the same.
Tuesday, June 4, 1968: the California presidential primary. As day breaks Robert F. Kennedy arrives at the Ambassador Hotel; he'll campaign, then speak to supporters at midnight. To capture the texture of the late 1960s, we see vignettes at the hotel: a couple marries so he can avoid Vietnam, kitchen staff discuss race and baseball, a man cheats on his wife, another is fired for racism, a retired hotel doorman plays chess in the lobby with an old friend, a campaign strategist's wife needs a pair of black shoes, two campaign staff trip on LSD, a lounge singer is on the downhill slide. Through it all, we see and hear RFK calling for a better society and a better nation. Written by
Some in the cast saw the film as calling out for a new generation to take things in their own fresh direction. "I think that a lot of the things that were going on in '68; the Vietnam War, poverty, civil rights; we can draw a direct parallel to what's going on right now," said Joy Bryant, the former Yale student and model, who played hotel switchboard operator Patricia. "I think that we can still take some of those ideals from the '60s, make them more modern. We can't recapture what happened then. We can't fully recover from it. But we can move forward." See more »
The credits include the closing speech detailing the speech as "Robert F. Kennedy's speech, 'On The Mindless Menace of Violence.' The credits say it was delivered in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 5, 1968. This is incorrect; Robert Kennedy gave a speech on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death in Indianapolis on the previous day but gave the speech presented on the recording at the City Club of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. See more »
Now that Dr. King is gone, nobody left but Bobby. Nobody.
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I saw the movie "Bobby" as part of the Vienna International Film Festival last week and thought it was an incredibly powerful film. The movie focuses on around 20 people in and around the Ambassador Hotel the day that Robert Kennedy was shot there. The large cast never seems overwhelming. The characters are clear enough that we remember what they were doing the last time we saw them, but we never feel like they are merely one-dimensional. Emilio Estevez really hit the jackpot with his cast - they all are 100% committed to their roles and the audience simply gets lost in the era.
The cast is phenomenal - the standouts include Sharon Stone (who has a a chance at a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination if the Academy can overlook Basic Instinct 2), Nick Cannon as a young Black-American working on the campaign, and Freddy Rodriguez as a young Latino working in the kitchen. The later two, combined with Lindsey Lohan as a woman marrying to save a man's life, serve as the heart of the movie and bring a well-balanced view of many of the hot issues of the day.
The movie has an incredible, emotional climax that is enhanced by an actual speech of Bobby Kennedy. The audio and visual clips of Kennedy serve as snapshots into his life and the work he did during his short time in the public eye. You can read whatever you want to into the political agenda of the movie, but in the end this movie is a tribute to Robert F. Kennedy and his time.
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