Jackie (V) (2016)

R   |    |  Biography, Drama, History

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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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10 March 2017 | blanche-2
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I'm surprised to see so many bad reviews of this film on IMDb. I would be interested to know how many of them came from people who are too young to remember the Kennedy assassination or much about Mrs. Kennedy.

Okay, several people were angry that John-John in the movie didn't salute the casket.

One review referred to the story as "horrible and morbid." Guess what - it is.

One review said Jackie was a "housewife." I won't dignify that with a response.

Natalie Portman was criticized for doing a "cringe-worthy" imitation. Her voice and accent were found hilarious.

And it was called "boring" over and over again.

I understand that to each his own, and I respect that. I'm just surprised.

I first of all did not find this film at all boring. I found it emotional, compelling, and interesting - and despite what someone said here, I did find out things I never knew.

I thought Natalie Portman did a brilliant job and, while the role didn't offer as much as Viola Davis' did in Fences, I would not have been upset to see her win another Oscar. There was nothing wrong with her accent, that's how Mrs. Kennedy talked. If you don't believe me, go to youtube and listen to the tapes.

The film focused on Jackie after the assassination, but it was shown, as were earlier times, such as her televised tour of the White House. I thought the film mixed with the actual footage was excellent.

The clothes were perfection. Like others, I did not care for the music and what I really did not care for was the music at the end.

The rest of the cast did an admirable job - John Hurt, Greta Gerwig, and Billy Crudup. I was disappointed in Peter Sarsgaard, but I think he was trying to convey Bobby's shock and grief. He's a good actor normally but not very successful here.

I found this a poignant film and a stunning portrait of Jackie Kennedy and what she suffered as a result of the assassination.

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One of Jacqueline Kennedy's (Natalie Portman's) most revealing relationships in this movie is with Nancy Tuckerman, her social secretary in the White House, but also her lifetime confidante. Taking the role of Jackie's friend since childhood, and White House ally, was Greta Gerwig. They appeared in No Strings Attached (2011), so the bond between the characters never felt forced. Portman said: "Nancy was one of Jackie's oldest friends, so their relationship really shines a light on how Jackie feels about more private subjects, like her marriage and her kids, and Greta is such a unique actress. She's so bright and compelling and sensitive." Director Pablo Larraín added: "The connection between Natalie and Greta is so real as they are actually friends, and you can feel that. Greta brought an incredible sensibility to playing the only person who was Jackie's shoulder to cry on. She brought out something very beautiful."


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 ...


After the scene when Jackie and Bobby talk on Air Force One, they exit the plane and in 2 following shots leading to the rear boarding door the airplane windows are illuminated bright white resembling sunlight. In the shots before as Bobby greets Jackie on board, the windows are properly "blacked out" to mimic the actual time of day and lighting conditions at Dulles airport. In actual fact and in in the stock footage shown directly outside the aircraft, it is pitch dark outside with only minimum artificial lighting provided on the tarmac which could not illuminate the outside of the windows in such a way.


Affection No. 3
Composed by
Paul Zaza (as Peter Dufferin)
Published by Parry Music
Courtesy of Latin Music Publishing, Inc.


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Biography | Drama | History


Release Date:

2 December 2016


English, Spanish

Country of Origin

USA, France, Chile, China, Germany, UK

Filming Locations

Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$278,715 4 December 2016

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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