American Experience: JFK DVD & Blu-ray

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American Experience: JFK In this probing biography, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presents a fresh look at an enigmatic man who remains one of the nation's most beloved and mourned leaders, John F. Kennedy. Beginning with Kennedy's childhood years as the privileged but sickly son of one of the wealthiest men in America, the film explores his early political career as a lackluster ... More
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American Experience: JFK

In this probing biography, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presents a fresh look at an enigmatic man who remains one of the nation's most beloved and mourned leaders, John F. Kennedy. Beginning with Kennedy's childhood years as the privileged but sickly son of one of the wealthiest men in America, the film explores his early political career as a lackluster congressman, his successful run for the U.S. Senate, and the game-changing presidential campaign that made him the youngest elected president in U.S. history. With the benefit of recently opened archives, the film recounts his struggles with life-threatening illnesses, and his efforts to keep them hidden from the public.

JFK offers a new perspective on his complicated private life, including his relationship with his wife, his close connection to his younger brother, Robert, and his complex bond with his powerful father. It also reevaluates Kennedy's strengths and weaknesses in the Oval Office as he navigated some of the most explosive events of the mid-twentieth century - the disastrous failure at the Bay of Pigs, the urgent demands of an increasingly impatient civil rights movement, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the escalating conflict in Southeast Asia.

Producer: Susan Bellows
Production Year: 2013
Copyright Year: 2013
Narrator: Oliver Platt
Discs: 2
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Cordeenia
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
An Educational Experience
Review by Cordeenia on 07/17/20 review stating An Educational Experience
Education starts here. For instance, it starts when JFK was young and (I did not know) of his medical problems from a young boy to man. His relationship with his father and family, how he got into politics and of course, the Cuban Missile Crisis - this is a video to watch more than once. If you love history and want to learn, this is the video for you.
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Rxflyfisher
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
This program reveals the true JFK, not what the media says.
Review by Rxflyfisher on 07/17/20 review stating This program reveals the true JFK, not what the media says.
Although this does not tell you the underhanded way Joseph Kennedy gained his wealth, it does show how the Kennedy family lied and used their wealth to gain positions of power. JFK was a smart wimp who had an incredible brother who was probably responsible for much of the success of JFKs presidency. There may have been a sliver of good that came from the Kennedy family but it is not well revealed in this program.
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Jayson
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
More than before
Review by Jayson on 07/17/20 review stating More than before
With everything written about JFK this documentary has more detail and early film which makes his story complete.
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Diane
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A Fair Assessment
Review by Diane on 07/17/20 review stating A Fair Assessment
The best documentary I have seen on JFK presenting both his strengths and weaknesses. A welcome edition to mid-20th century history, especially for those too young to have experienced the JFK era.
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Brad M.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
How I Met John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Review by Brad M. on 07/17/20 review stating How I Met John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Growing up and attending school through my teen years in Boston, I was quite aware of the Kennedy Family and the legacy of the Kennedy Clan. After graduating from Boston English High School I entered the USAF and spent three years of my service in West Germany and then returned to continue my education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. When the call Ask Not... was made, I joined the first Peace Corps Volunteer and travelled to the White House where JFK wished the best for our Colombia One group of young men. I met JFK again in Bogota,Colombia and then learned of his death while teaching new PC Trainees in New Mexico. The dvd I watched on PBS made it imperative that I get a copy for my library to learn more details of the man. The dvd filled in a lot of gaps in my inderstanding of the man and his place in my life.
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Susie J.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Fresh look at JFK
Review by Susie J. on 07/17/20 review stating Fresh look at JFK
I thought I had read or heard everything about Kennedy, but this program had many pieces of footage and early photographs I had never seen. It dealt with his early years, World War II and his early political career in a way fresh and new. Growing up in Dallas, Texas, I lived through 11/22/63. I thought this program handled that tragedy with great dignity and sorrow -- simply and short.
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Miriomnibus
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
American Experience: JFK DVD by PBS
Review by Miriomnibus on 07/17/20 review stating American Experience: JFK DVD by PBS
For anyone who wants to see shots of the Kennedy presidency this is it. You cant beat the TWO disc set from the PBS. You get all the history from when he first started dating Jacqueline Bovier to running for the Senate to his Presidency with the Bay of Pigs and of course, the assignation and the end is the outstanding funeral that his young wife put together in less than a week, while she was moving out of het home, the White House, due to an edict from Johnson to MOVE OUT so WE CAN MOVE IN! With a message that...if you need anything let us know, we care deeply for you. Talk about speaking out of both sides of your mouth, this is it! I honesty think he was responsible for joining the men who killed OUR President but there is no proof yet, at least we now have more information released to us from the file that were kept in a vault for the fifty years since the Presidents assassination. So in my humble opinion this two disc set of JFK and his wife, JBK, this is a must if you truly want to know the Kennedy history.
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Mister J.
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2.0 star rating
07/17/20
Same old same old
Review by Mister J. on 07/17/20 review stating Same old same old
In view of the 5 million pages of secret documents released by the government in the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (after 30 years of trying to block that release) it is embarrassing to see the same falsified history presented by the Warren Report being clung to by a handful of hack biographers who are more interested in protecting their revenue stream than digging any deeper. The biggest issues, the constant attempts of the CIA and military to subvert and embarrass JFK, go ahead with the Bay of Pigs invasion against the Presidents decision NOT to, and to subvert the presidents nuclear test ban treaty, are left completely unacknowledged and unaddressed. Very disappointing rehash of misinformation which has been accurately disproven in recent years by historians willing to sift through the declassified information, and willing to move forward.
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Dottie
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
History with a human heart
Review by Dottie on 07/17/20 review stating History with a human heart
I wasnt born in this era, but this program helped me to understand what it was like. It did a great job of telling the whole story of JFK not just the myth. Well made and presented. I would highly recommend.
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Mister J.
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2.0 star rating
07/17/20
Interesting but standard and outdated
Review by Mister J. on 07/17/20 review stating Interesting but standard and outdated
If you like history but dont really care about its accuracy, this should be an entertaining alternative to the reality of the JFK presidency. The family and WW2 histories are interesting, but there has been an unexplainable avoidance of the inclusion of information from the 5 million pages of transcripts available after the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992...released only after 30 years of stonewalling, and which the CIA is now attempting to reverse. Based almost entirely on the grossly outdated and inaccurate Warren Report, and biographies and histories taken from that carefully misconstructed document, this documentary fails to use the latest evidence to clarify the CIAs extreme dislike and mistrust of Mr. Kennedy, and their efforts to undermine his policies. It is now known that JFK worked tirelessly to prevent the CIA from using its Bay of Pigs invasion plan, not knowing that the plan was to include a calling off of air support by the U S military so the invasion, once under way, would fail, presumably forcing the President to send in U S troops, thereby creating a state of war. General Curtis Lemay was certain that this would inevitably draw in the Soviet Union, and force an all-out nuclear confrontation which Lemay presumed the US would win...dangerous, if not mad, thinking. Both the CIA and the US Military are now known to have colluded to undermine the Presidents plans for both a nuclear test ban treaty and a non-proliferation treaty with Khrushchev, using unauthorized, illegal, and violent incidents meant to create distrust between the two, who had been secretly communicating with each other through personal aides. Most people cant quite believe that that the CIA was set up by President Harry Truman to have no oversight, and have complete autonomy to do whatever it deems necessary to protect American security, regardless of the wishes of the President, Congress, or the American people. Truman later confessed this creation to be his greatest mistake as President. The JFK presidency has turned out to be a frightening illustration of the magnitude of Trumans error on multiple levels, as anyone studying the declassified JFK Act papers now knows. The Political portion of this documentary is an embarrassment to those who study American history, but satisfactory entertainment for those unaware of political reality.
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True N.
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
American Experience JFK
Review by True N. on 07/17/20 review stating American Experience JFK
Anyone who has an interest in JFK shouldnt miss it.
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Jill L.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
JFK American Experience
Review by Jill L. on 07/17/20 review stating JFK American Experience
JFK American Experience ---- one word will do: SPECTACULAR


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