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J.F.K.: Reckless Youth 

Looks at the early years of America's most dashing president from his early childhood through his nomination for Congress.
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Complete series cast summary:
Patrick Dempsey ...  John F. Kennedy 2 episodes, 1993
Terry Kinney ...  Joseph P. Kennedy 2 episodes, 1993
Loren Dean ...  Joe Kennedy, Jr. 2 episodes, 1993
Yolanda Jilot ...  Inga Arvad 2 episodes, 1993
Robin Tunney ...  Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy 2 episodes, 1993
Andrew Lowery Andrew Lowery ...  Lem Billings 2 episodes, 1993
Stan Cahill Stan Cahill ...  Torb Macdonald 2 episodes, 1993
Claire Forlani ...  Ann Cannon 2 episodes, 1993
Malachy McCourt ...  Honey Fitz 2 episodes, 1993
James Rebhorn ...  St. John 2 episodes, 1993
Diana Scarwid ...  Rose Kennedy 2 episodes, 1993
Natalie Radford Natalie Radford ...  Rosemary Kennedy 2 episodes, 1993
Cedric Smith ...  Prof. Bruce Hopper 2 episodes, 1993
Greg Spottiswood ...  Skeeter Orton 2 episodes, 1993
Andrew Miller ...  Rip Horton 2 episodes, 1993
Pixie Bigelow Pixie Bigelow ...  Nurse Barkley 2 episodes, 1993
Nicole de Boer ...  Olive Cawley 2 episodes, 1993
Karyn Dwyer ...  Sadie 2 episodes, 1993
Ray Jewers Ray Jewers ...  Patriotic Man 2 episodes, 1993
Henriette Ivanans ...  Fan #1 2 episodes, 1993
Bruce Gray Bruce Gray ...  Alex Kirk 2 episodes, 1993
Nigel Hamer ...  Joachim 2 episodes, 1993
Heidi von Palleske ...  Beate 2 episodes, 1993
Gerard Parkes ...  Priest 2 episodes, 1993
Susan Westmoreland Susan Westmoreland ...  Joan 2 episodes, 1993
Douglas O'Keeffe ...  Laughing Man 2 episodes, 1993
Raymond Marlowe Raymond Marlowe ...  Ritz Maitre D' 2 episodes, 1993
Marc Donato ...  Jack (age 3) 2 episodes, 1993
Lance Paton Lance Paton ...  Jack (age 7-10) 2 episodes, 1993
Graham Losee Graham Losee ...  Joe, Jr. (age 5) 2 episodes, 1993
Corey Sevier ...  Joe, Jr. (9-12) 2 episodes, 1993
Alyssa Gebert Alyssa Gebert ...  Eunice Kennedy (age 3) 2 episodes, 1993
Adrian Hough ...  Billy Cavendish 2 episodes, 1993
Liza Hocura Liza Hocura ...  Kennedy Maid 2 episodes, 1993
Robert Bidaman Robert Bidaman ...  J.J. Maher 2 episodes, 1993
Rick Roberts ...  Jimmy Rousmaniere 2 episodes, 1993
Chantal Craig ...  Nora the Hooker 2 episodes, 1993
Michael Killinger Michael Killinger ...  John Hersey 2 episodes, 1993
François Klanfer François Klanfer ...  Dr. Buchan 2 episodes, 1993
David Huband ...  Photographer 2 episodes, 1993
Victor Erdos Victor Erdos ...  Bobby Kennedy 2 episodes, 1993
Natasha Matteau Natasha Matteau ...  Pat Kennedy (age 10) 2 episodes, 1993
Melody Johnson ...  Eunice Kennedy (age 13) 2 episodes, 1993
Jared Cook Jared Cook ...  Teddy Kennedy (age 9) 2 episodes, 1993
Hailey Goldberg Hailey Goldberg ...  Pat Kennedy (age 4) 2 episodes, 1993
Deanna Way Deanna Way ...  Jean Kennedy (age 12) 2 episodes, 1993
Katie Zegers Katie Zegers ...  Rosemary Kennedy (age 6-9) 2 episodes, 1993
Jennifer Mimoso Jennifer Mimoso ...  Kick Kennedy (age 7) 2 episodes, 1993
Shileen Paton ...  Jean Kennedy (age 7) 2 episodes, 1993
John David Wood John David Wood ...  Bobby Kennedy (age 9) 2 episodes, 1993
Fraser McGregor ...  Teddy Kennedy (age 3) 2 episodes, 1993
Ryan Brown Ryan Brown ...  Dexter School Boy #1 2 episodes, 1993
David Pearson David Pearson ...  Dexter School Boy #2 2 episodes, 1993
David Gardner David Gardner ...  Henry Luce 2 episodes, 1993
Willis Sparks Willis Sparks 2 episodes, 1993
Michael Polley Michael Polley ...  Joe Kane 2 episodes, 1993
Barry Morse ...  Lord Halifax 2 episodes, 1993
Ted Follows Ted Follows ...  Patsy Mulkern 2 episodes, 1993
Kenner Ames Kenner Ames ...  Dave Powers 2 episodes, 1993
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Tom Melissis Tom Melissis ...  Pappy MacMahon 2 episodes, 1993
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Jeffrey Hirschfield ...  Mauer 2 episodes, 1993
Kevin Jubinville ...  Randall 2 episodes, 1993
Jeffrey Max Nicholls Jeffrey Max Nicholls ...  Lennie Thom 2 episodes, 1993
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David Ferry ...  Warfield 2 episodes, 1993
Jason Blicker ...  McGuire 2 episodes, 1993
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Bruce Boa ...  Adm. Dodson 2 episodes, 1993
Shawn Mathieson Shawn Mathieson ...  Times Reporter 2 episodes, 1993
Kyle Sheehan Kyle Sheehan ...  Kid Kevin 2 episodes, 1993
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Kirsten Kieferle ...  Boston Teacher 2 episodes, 1993
Tamara Gorski ...  Emma 2 episodes, 1993
Cherry Wynfield Cherry Wynfield ...  Jean Kennedy 2 episodes, 1993
Nancy Hillis Nancy Hillis ...  Eunice Kennedy 2 episodes, 1993
Tracy Carroll Tracy Carroll ...  Pat Kennedy 2 episodes, 1993
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Julian Reed Julian Reed ...  Joe Timilty 2 episodes, 1993
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Looks at the early years of America's most dashing president from his early childhood through his nomination for Congress.

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USA | Canada

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English

Release Date:

1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

JFK: Reckless Youth See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When JFK goes back to the beach house to get his Navy uniform out of storage in the basement he walks past an Evian box in the basement. Evian (brand of drinking water) didn't exist until the 1980's. See more »

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Begin the Beguine
Written by Cole Porter
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Dempsey does a very credible job as a young JFK
29 November 2000 | by Shapster11See all my reviews

This TV mini-series production traces John F. Kennedy's life from a semi-rebellious youth, second son and second in the heart of Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., up to his 1946 election to Congress. The show was in 2 parts and can now be seen on the True Movies Channel on cable.

Patrick Dempsey does an excellent job displaying the famed Jack Kennedy youthful exuberance as well as the killer Kennedy charm. The movie deals with the issues and events which formulated and shaped the ideals of this young man destined to become our 35th President.

In addition it examines the various romantic affairs Jack Kennedy had prior to his ascent into politics. We see how Joe Kennedy thrusts upon young Jack all the hopes and dreams he had for Joe Jr. after Jr. dies in WW II. We get peaks into how Joe Sr. casts a guiding light and hand over his son's activities. We also see how Jack both resents and appreciates the heavy hand of his father.

The movie also shows a very human portrayal of how young Jack Kennedy was received by his crew and commanding officers while in the Navy commanding the famed PT 109. We also see how the events after the PT boat was sunk led to the turnaround of his men's feeling toward Lt. Kennedy and how he shunned heroism that his father so felt would aid his future political career.

All in all not much has been done on JFK's youth with respect to books and movies. Because so much concentrated on his presidential run and subsequent events leading up to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963 it is nice to get, albeit a fictional, look see into Kennedy's early years. If you're a fan of fact based movies laced with fictional accounts and were a fan of JFK this is good viewing.


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