Chappaquiddick is the name of the island in Massachusetts where the accident occurred that killed Mary Jo Kopechne.
In the years following the Dyke bridge/Ted Kennedy tragety, and to this day, the Dyke bridge is affectionately referred to as "The Kennedy Car Wash" by Edgartown locals.
The extras to play the captain and the deckhand on the ferry sequence are actually captains and deckhands on the boat in real life dressed up to match their 60's counterparts
Jason Clarke, who plays Ted Kennedy is this film, was born on July 17th, 1969, just one day before the Chappaquiddick incident on July 18th, 1969.
When Ted is being chastised by his lawyers for his actions, they refer to his actions as "John Wayne stuff." Bruce Dern, who plays Joseph Kennedy, Sr. in this film, had previously appeared with Wayne in the film The Cowboys, killing John Wayne's character. It was one of Wayne's few on-screen deaths.
The film originally premiered at the Gala Presentations section at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2017.
It was the closing film of the first Brussels International Film Festival (BRIFF) on 30/06/2018.
This is another role where Kate Mara, who plays Mary Jo Kopechne in the film, is the victim of a tragic accident surrounded by uncertainty. Mara played hard-nosed reporter Zoe Barnes, who also suffered a tragic death by being pushed in front of subway train by Kevin Spacey's character, President Francis Underwood, in House of Cards.
The 'father' and 'son' that find the car in the water the morning after the crash are actually father and son in real life and were chosen from a photo of the father fishing with his son. They shot in Chappaquiddick, Ipswich, MA and Rosarito, Mexico.
The thinly veiled so-called Kennedy curse refers to the various tragic events and deaths that have befallen Ted and the Kennedy family throughout the years. Starting with sister Rosemary's botched brain surgery (lobotomy) in 1941, brother Joe Kennedy Jr.'s 1944 sudden death (plane crash), sister Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy's death in 1948 (plane crash), JFK and Jackie's loss of their infant son in 1963, the assassination of JFK in 1963, a plane in 1964 carrying Ted Kennedy and others that crashed killing the pilot and an aide, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy in 1968, Ted Kennedy charged with leaving the scene at Chappaquidick in 1969, Ted Kennedy's son, Ted Jr., losing his leg in 1973, RFK's nephew Michael Skakel charged with murder in 1975 (litigation pending), RFK's son David's death in 1984 (drug overdose), Ted Kennedy's nephew, William Kennedy Smith attempted rape charge in 1991 (later acquitted), another RFK son Michael's death in 1997 (ski accident), and the deaths of John Kennedy Jr., his wife, and his sister-in-law in 1999 (plane crash)
The film depicts Kennedy being rowed across the Katama Bay Channel to Edgartown after the accident. Kennedy testified that he swam the 500 feet. How Kennedy returned to the mainland is one of the many inconsistencies with the events of that night. Columnist Jack Anderson reported only a month after the incident that Kennedy was, in fact, taken to shore by boat as shown in the film.
Joseph Kennedy Sr. (Bruce Dern) has only three lines. Twice off screen he says "Alibi," while in person he only says "You'll never be great."
Jason Clarke, who plays Ted Kennedy in this film, was born on July 17th, 1969, just one day before the Chappaquiddick incident on July 18th, 1969.
How Ted Kennedy got out of the car has never been explained. Neither he nor all the investigators (and investigations) offered an explanation.
The extras playing the captain and the deckhand on the ferry sequence are actually captains and deckhands on the boat in real life dressed up to match their 60's counterparts.
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