Prince Jack

Prince Jack is an ambiguous little indie mock documentary about key events and private encounters during the Kennedy years. The ambiguity lies in writer-director Bert Lovitt's wavering between depicting Jack Kennedy as a tough wheeler-dealer and a politician of the grandest vision.

With:
Robert Hogan James F. Kelly Kenneth Mars Lloyd Nolan Cameron Mitchell Robert Guillaume

Prince Jack is an ambiguous little indie mock documentary about key events and private encounters during the Kennedy years. The ambiguity lies in writer-director Bert Lovitt’s wavering between depicting Jack Kennedy as a tough wheeler-dealer and a politician of the grandest vision.

Towards the end, the Cuban missile crisis is solved with Martin Luther King as a go-between.

King is made to be the only thoroughly likable and almost all-around popular guy in this feature, and he is played with cool and quiet charm by Robert Guillaume.

It would seem that the greater policy decisions are depicted fairly correctly (Ole Miss, The Bay of Pigs), while most of the Inner Sanctum private talks in the Oval Office of the White House are obviously based on hearsay and guesswork.

Prince Jack

Production: LMF. Director Bert Lovitt; Producer Jim Milio; Screenplay Bert Lovitt; Camera Hiro Narita; Editor Janice Hampton; Music Elmer Bernstein; Art Director Michael Corenblith

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: Robert Hogan James F. Kelly Kenneth Mars Lloyd Nolan Cameron Mitchell Robert Guillaume

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