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“Riveting. Chappaquiddick is exactly what you want it to be: a tense, scrupulous and absorbingly precise piece of history”


On July 18, 1969, on the eve of the moon landing, Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, in Massachusetts. The accident resulted in the death of his sole passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara), a promising political strategist who had worked on his brother Robert Kennedy’s fateful presidential campaign the year before.

Ted Kennedy escaped the murky waters but Kopechne remained trapped. The hours and days that followed would test the limits of Ted Kennedy’s personal integrity, his already deeply ambivalent relationship with an unforgiving patriarch, Joe Kennedy (Bruce Dern) and alter the course of his political ambitions and the Kennedy family’s legacy as a political dynasty.