Film 'Chappaquiddick' Will Take Honest Look at the Kennedys' Flaws

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Updated: Apr 05, 2018

Film 'Chappaquiddick' Will Take Honest Look at the Kennedys' Flaws

A new movie is slated to release that will tell the story of the deadly 1969 car accident with Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Kennedy survived, but his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, did not.

Chappaquiddick will detail the events leading up to the accident and Kennedy’s attempts to reportedly cover up the incident. In July 1969, Kennedy accidentally drove his car off a bridge into the Poucha Pond near Chappaquiddick Island. He escaped but could not rescue Kopenchne. He did not report the accident for 10 hours and Kopechne suffocated in an air bubble.

His family and other political allies reportedly tried to cover up the accident. Later, however, Kennedy pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of a crash causing personal injury and he was sentenced to a two-month jail sentence. His license was suspended for a year.

After the accident, Kennedy decided not to attempt a campaign for the presidency.

While there were rumors that Kopechne and Kennedy were involved in an affair or that Kopechne was even pregnant, the film will focus on Kennedy’s persona “not as a monster but as a deeply flawedand somewhat pathetic scion of a dark and manipulative family,” columnist Ben Shapiro writes in an opinion piece for

“Most importantly, though, Chappaquiddick reminds us that confirmation bias and wishful thinking aren't unique to one side of the aisle,” he says.

The film is being hailed as tackling an eventthat “mainstream book publishers and Hollywood have mostly steered clear of … for 48 years,” says Kyle Smith in a column for the National Review.

“Chappaquiddick must be counted one of the great untold stories in American political history: The average citizen may be vaguely aware of what happened but probably has little notion of just how contemptible was the behavior of Senator Ted Kennedy,” Smith said.


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Publication date: April 5, 2018

Film 'Chappaquiddick' Will Take Honest Look at the Kennedys' Flaws