Chappaquiddick Parent Guide
News About "Chappaquiddick"
This movie is based on a true story. Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy came under a lot of suspicion when he failed to report a car accident until 10 hours after the event.
On the evening of July 17, 1969, the Senator left a party on Chappaquiddick Island, and accidentally drove off a bridge and into a tidal pond. He survived, but his passenger did not not. 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne was trapped in the submerged car and drowned.
Speculation ran rampant over the married Kennedy's relationship with the single woman. His failure to report the accident sooner, along with many inconstancies with his story added fuel to scandal's fire. Infamously called the Chappaquiddick Incident, the unanswered questions from that night would haunt Ted Kennedy's political ambitions for the rest of his life -- but they didn't stop him from having a long career in public service.
The movie Chappaquiddick, starring Jason Clarke as Kennedy and Kate Mara as Kopechne, dramatizes the story and likely fills in some of the missing pieces with unproven theories.
Cast and Crew
Chappaquiddick is directed by John Curran and stars Kate Mara, Jason Clarke, Bruce Dern.