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Jackie (2016)

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Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.

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Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Kennedy. Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that she created and loved so well. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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I want them to see what they have done to Jack.


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Rated R for brief strong violence and some language | See all certifications »

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2 December 2016 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$278,715 (USA) (2 December 2016)

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$13,958,679 (USA) (14 April 2017)
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In a period of just a week, Jacqueline Kennedy, this fiercely private woman had to face unthinkable personal loss, hard political realities, a nation in the throes of a collective trauma and, amidst all the uncertainty, Washington machinery and public scrutiny, the responsibility of keeping alive all that her husband wanted to stand for in America. Though today, he is among the most beloved of U.S. Presidents, John F. Kennedy's legacy was hardly assured upon his death. He had spent just two years and nine months in office, and the fear among those closest to him was that all he aimed for would be forgotten because the potential had gone unfulfilled. In the midst of her own anguish, Jackie steeled herself with a single-minded mission: to tell her husband's story in a way that it would always be remembered, as brief but shining moment of American promise. See more »

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Jackie puts a record on an "automatic changer" which should start playing the first track on the record. What is heard is Richard Burton singing the song "Camelot" which is the fifth track on the first side of the original Broadway cast recording. See more »

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The Journalist: Mrs. Kennedy? They told me to come up. And I'm so sorry for your loss.
Jackie Kennedy: Have you read what they've been writing? Krock and Merriman and all the rest?
The Journalist: Yes, I have.
Jackie Kennedy: Merriman's such a bitter man. It's been just one week. Already they're treating him like some dusty old artifact to be shelved away. That's no way to be remembered.
The Journalist: And how would you like him remembered, Mrs. Kennedy?
Jackie Kennedy: [stammering] I...
Jackie Kennedy: You understand that I will be editing this conversation just in case I don't say exactly ...
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Tulip Fever (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Camelot
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe (1960)
Performed by Richard Burton
Published by Chappell & Co., Inc.
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment
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A Stunning, Psychological Portrait of Glamorous Trama
17 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Throughout the history of cinema, there have been countless biopics of famous figures that deify their subjects and disregard faults in fear of tainting the idol they have so perfectly sculpted. In Jackie, however, Pablo Larrain subverts genre expectations in favor of a haunting psychological portrait of a woman caught in a terrifying piece of history. Famous images of Jacqueline Kennedy in her pink Chanel suit have lingered in the public's collective memory for years, but here, Larrain allows viewers to experience the week following JFK's assassination from the perspective of the woman who held his dying body in her arms. It's shot in an episodic, frantic format that replicates the psychological turmoil of post-traumatic stress as the line between past and present blurs. One ghostly scene in particular - soundtracked by Mica Levi's eerie score - follows Jackie as she wanders the White House in isolation, exploring various rooms and eventually falling asleep alone as a widow for the first time. The film's central performance by Natalie Portman will no doubt gain great attention for its dedication to every last nuance of Jackie Kennedy's mannerisms and voice, but the real success rests in Portman's relentless and layered conveyance of emotion throughout the film. She does not allow the iconic figure to become a one-dimensional reflection of the public's memory, but allows viewers to witness the conflicted feelings of nostalgia, grief, isolation, and tenacity that Kennedy experienced. The film successful solidifies the lingering of Kennedy's melancholic face as a fleeting vision set across the 60s horizon, luminous and bruised at once, but enduring through history.


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