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Bobby: A Film by Emilio Estevez

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Kennedy Jr to shun 'painful' film

From correspondents in Los Angeles

November 01, 2006


Bobby Kennedy Jr said he will not watch a movie about the 1968 murder of his father, saying parts of the critically acclaimed movie are too "painful".

The new Hollywood film, Bobby, centres around the events leading up to the assassination 28 years ago of 42-year-old presidential hopeful Robert Kennedy by gunman Sirhan Sirhan at Los Angeles's Ambassador Hotel.

But while the film boasting an all-star cast won praise at festival screenings ahead of its November 17 release in US theatres, Kennedy's son said he is unlikely to see the movie, according to television's Extra.

"I think, for my family, there are parts of it that are very painful," Mr Kennedy Jr told Extra in an excerpt from an interview released today.

Robert Kennedy's murder took place just five years after his elder brother, President John F Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas, dealing more trauma to the Kennedy clan and the nation.

Bobby, directed by Emilio Estevez, has an impressive ensemble cast, with Anthony Hopkins, Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Hunt, Lindsay Lohan and Harry Belafonte all making appearances.

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Doctor recollects Kennedy's death

By Fred Ortega Staff Writer

SAN DIMAS - Dr. Marvin Ersher still remembers the anguished screams of Ethel Kennedy on the night of June 4, 1968.

"Is he going to be all right?" Robert F. Kennedy's wife yelled repeatedly, as Ersher checked the dying senator's pulse on the kitchen floor of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The longtime San Dimas resident was one of the first doctors to examine the mortally wounded Kennedy after he was shot in the head by former Pasadena resident Sirhan B. Sirhan on the night of the California presidential primary.

Ersher recalled the festive, colorful atmosphere at the hotel that night. Balloons rained down on the crowd as Kennedy came out to thank his supporters after results showed him ahead in the state Democratic presidential primary.

Ersher was 30 at the time, a Harvard-educated doctor who had joined the Kaiser Permanente group in West Covina following an internship in Detroit.

Full story: http://whittierdailynews.com/news/ci_4583426#

(Contains link to trailer of BOBBY)

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