Bobby

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The Weinstein Company Released 2006

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Director:
Emilio Estevez
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
Bobby is a 2006 ensemble drama that captures June 4, 1968, the night Robert Kennedy died from a gunshot wound at the Ambassador Hotel. Kennedy was on the cusp of winning the Democratic presidential nomination. The film captures the era with a variety characters connected to the evening. Writer-director Emilio Estevez uses an all-star cast for a series of vignettes, interspersed with clips from Kennedy's idealistic stump speech. The hotel's retired doorman, John Casey (Anthony Hopkins) plays chess with his friend Nelson (Harry Belafonte). Hair Stylist Miriam Ebbers (Sharon Stone) prepares singer Virginia Fallon (Demi Moore), a hopeless alcoholic, for a lounge room. Teenage friends Diane (Lindsay Lohan) and William (Elijah Wood) are eloping to save him from serving on the Vietnam battlefield. The kitchen staff discusses the civil rights movement, including busboy Sirhan Sirhan (David Kobzantsev). The film moves back and forth through their interconnected stories as the evening moves closer to the assassination.

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  • 70

    Variety Deborah Young

    Emilio Estevez's Bobby is a passionate outcry for peace and justice in America that becomes deeply involving by the final climactic scene.

  • 60

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    When you hear his (Robert Kennedy's) patient, meditative speeches, from which every note of demagoguery or pandering has been purged, you glimpse the film Mr. Estevez set out to ma...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    It's an ambitious film drenched in sincerity and oozing with nostalgia that, despite the energy provided by its title icon via archival footage, falls flat dramatically in nearly e...

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