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Bobby

Bobby is about the eventful day of June 6, 1968, when a young Palestinian man shot U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. While the assassination is fact, everything else in the movie is pure Hollywood fantasy intended to give the viewer a glimpse of the political climate of the time. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: D
Run Time: 120
Theater Release: 21 Nov 2006
Video Release: 09 Apr 2007
MPAA Rating: R
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Other movies based around historical figures or events are Thirteen Days (about the Cuban Missile Crisis), Malcolm X (depicting the assassination of an African-American religious figure and activist) and Gandhi (the man whose non-violent protest policies eventually liberated India from the British Empire).

Home Video Extra Features

DVD Release Date: 10 April 2007

The potential educational value of this film is enhanced with a handful of extra features. Beginning with Bobby: The Making of An American Epic, this “making of” documentary fills in the details of how writer/director Emilio Estevez was inspired to create the huge cast of fictional characters based on real life events and situations. History teachers will find value in the section of this segment that details the life of Bobby Kennedy, and music teachers will appreciate the information and visuals detailing the creation of the film’s score.

A round-table discussion with eyewitnesses who were present on that fateful day at the Ambassador Hotel reveals more information about what people were doing leading up to the assassination. Other members recall various aspects of the civil rights movement during the 1960s.

The movie’s trailer is also included. The feature is sold in wide or full screen presentations with Dolby 5.1 English audio and Spanish and English subtitles.

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