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Hoover vs. the Kennedys: The Second Civil War 

This is the story of feud between FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and the Kennedys. It shows how much Hoover hated them and how they tried to stand up to him. From the day John Kennedy was ... See full summary »
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Richard Alden 2 episodes, 1987
Richard Anderson ...  Lyndon Johnson 2 episodes, 1987
Marcia Bennett ...  Angie Novello 2 episodes, 1987
Nicholas Campbell ...  Bobby Kennedy 2 episodes, 1987
Robert Church Robert Church ...  Newscaster 2 episodes, 1987
Jennifer Dale ...  Jacqueline Kennedy 2 episodes, 1987
Brioni Farrell ...  Judith Campbell Exner 2 episodes, 1987
Leland Gantt Leland Gantt ...  Martin Luther King 2 episodes, 1987
Linda Goranson ...  Ethel Kennedy 2 episodes, 1987
Charles Woods Gray ...  Ralph Abernathy 2 episodes, 1987
Barry Morse ...  Joseph Kennedy 2 episodes, 1987
Robert Pine ...  John Kennedy 2 episodes, 1987
Marc Strange Marc Strange 2 episodes, 1987
Heather Thomas ...  Marilyn Monroe 2 episodes, 1987
Jack Warden ...  J. Edgar Hoover 2 episodes, 1987
Carlton Watson Carlton Watson ...  James Baldwin 2 episodes, 1987
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This is the story of feud between FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and the Kennedys. It shows how much Hoover hated them and how they tried to stand up to him. From the day John Kennedy was elected President until Bobby was assassinated. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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18 November 1987 (USA) See more »

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Has some merit despite being totally mis-cast
19 March 2002 | by fivefidsSee all my reviews

Being someone who grew up in the wake the JFK assassination, I think my generation was taken to believe that JFK was some sort of martyred saint. Because of that, I was intrigued by the title of this movie. Even as late as 1987, when this movie was released, I still couldn't grasp the concept that there could be anyone who would have been a foe to the martyred Kennedys. Despite the fact that this movie is totally mis-cast from top to bottom (Robert Pine as JFK? Leland Gantt as Martin Luther King? C'mon...) and has cheesy sound track music, there is a lot to learn from it. Many facts on JFK, RFK and Hoover's methods and their interaction are featured in this picture. Also good information (the information is good, the portrayals are lousy) regarding the civil rights struggle during the Kennedy administration. This movie, as most TV movies do, falls short in the historical detail aspects but most shortcomings are insignificant. Example, when JFK was elected, Jackie Kennedy was pregnant. In this movie, when Bobby and Ethel arrive to congratulate JFK, Jackie stands up to hug them and she is clearly NOT pregnant. A scene that takes place a few months after JFK's inauguration shows Caroline and John Jr. coming to JFK's office for a visit. JFK Jr., who would've been just a few months old, is portrayed by a 2-3 year old actor. Two years later when JFK is assassinated, neither of his children had aged one bit! The movie also alludes to the notion that JFK's father, Joseph P. Kennedy, was a friend of J. Edgar Hoover. I found no sources to back this up and, in fact, what I did find was quite the opposite. All of this set aside, what this movie did for me was spark my curiosity and inspire me to research and learn more about the events that took place. Upon further research, I found that when it comes to facts, the movie is quite accurate, however, when it comes to the context in which those facts are presented, it is certainly questionable. It is still difficult to see Robert Pine's portrayal of JFK as appropriate. It would be hard to fathom Pine's JFK as the WW2 hero or the Harvard scholar JFK was. Regarding RFK, Nicholas Campbell's phoney Boston accent doesn't cut it either. For a better cast TV Mini-Series, I recommend "Kennedy" from 1983 starring Martin Sheen as JFK. Still, I wouldn't write this one off.


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